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26
Jul
06:00


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Saturday Sunshine

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Yay! It's the weekend finally. Weather seems to be a little quieter than of late for today and tomorrow. The instability which brought the storms across the South-east yesterday has now pushed away smartly and high pressure nudging in from the West will bring us a real change in weather over the next few days as the high temperatures drop away to be replaced with cooler, fresher air from the North-west.

For this morning it is a distinct East/West split with sunshine across Eastern areas whilst in the West the cloud is thickening ahead of an active frontal system. During the day the cloud will spread East reaching all areas by the mid afternoon. Patchy rain too pushing into Northern Ireland and then into Northern England and Western Scotland. Some of this rain could well turn heavy for a time for West facing hills and mountains of Scotland later this morning.

Later this afternoon and into this evening the rain will spread South-east. However, much of Central and Southern England and Central Wales should stay dry until later this evening.

Another warm one across Southern areas where 27 or 28c is likely once more, but this is probably the last "very warm" day for a while as the cooler air will filtrate South across all parts overnight tonight and into tomorrow.

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25
Jul
09:44


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (2)

Morning Soundings


Ahh we knew it wouldn't last...

Some interesting soundings across the UK this morning (these are the weather balloons some poor soul has to release at 6am every morning). They are showing some impressive instability across the South-east where the CAP is likely to be broken when somewhere reaches 26c.

Here is a little bit of insight into the magic of meteorology so no talking at the back and we'll tell you how to watch developments and how meteorologists forecast where storms break out.

OK, the magic number is 26c, so during today we will be looking for any areas (particularly large towns/cities) which will reach that figure. The reason is that air works like bubbles, so the warmest bubble will rise first and as it does so will trigger the first shower which then draws in energy from the surrounding air. The most unstable area today is across the South-east corner, particularly towards the East coast of Essex. By knowing this we look at areas which have the potential to heat up first, our best guess is around the Chelmsford area which could well be the trigger.

As this area develops it will head South-west across the London area feeding on even more heat, humidity and energy creating what could be some impressive cell structures across the capital early this afternoon.

So, there you go. A bit of an insight into how we forecast on a micro-scale level, now it's just up to the weather to play ball, but if you live in or around Chelmsford then keep an eye to the sky... and Metcheck of course.

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6
Jul
19:16


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (3)

Metcheck v7


Metcheck v6 looks like being the shortest lived version of the site we have ever had? This is due to the fact that we kinda got it wrong with regards to the navigation and flexibility of the existing structure.

But from August 1st a moratorium starts on Metcheck v6 as our programmers start work on the next version of the site. Over the weekend there was a buzz around Metcheck Towers as we started to look at the technology we are using for the next version of the site. Already we promise the following things :-

- It will be responsive (i.e work on all your devices)
- All existing pages will be carried over
- It will have a picture of a cow (on all your devices)
- It will have less adverts
- It won't make you coffee (on any of your devices)

We will shortly be opening a new area in the sandbox to get your wishlist for the next version of the site.

We are planning to launch Metcheck v7 on October 1st 2014. However, we will be running the new version alongside the existing one from September 1st to let you get used to it.

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