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Thundery Showers In South

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High pressure is still sitting over Scandinavia but has weakened it's grip over the UK enough to allow low pressure to the southwest to edge closer bringing some heavy, thundery showers to southern and south-western parts. During the weekend a new high pressure cell will push in from the west bringing clearer and fresher conditions with it to most parts, pushing the thundery showers in the south away as well as clearing a lot of the mist and murk which has plagued some areas for several days now.

So for this morning it's another dull start to the day with low cloud, mist and fog patches quite widespread again this morning, and the cloud is thick enough to bring some drizzle in places too, especially across central and eastern parts of England and Scotland. Meanwhile across southern and south-western parts of England and Wales along with the Channel Islands there are some heavy, thundery showers around bringing some localised downpours. On the whole many areas will brighten up this morning and some warm sunny spells will develop by this afternoon but further scattered heavy thundery downpours are likely across central and southern parts of England. However, as is always the case in this type of set-up, some areas will miss out on the showers whilst others see a soaking. Meanwhile along some eastern coastal regions of both England and Scotland it is once again likely to remain rather dull, misty and overcast with some more light rain or drizzle at times and here temperatures will be in the mid-high teens. However in the brighter and sunnier areas maximums of 20C to 23C are quite likely, whilst winds will be light, mostly coming in from the east or southeast.

Tonight will see most places turning rather cloudy again with low cloud, mist and fog patches developing again whilst there is a continued risk of some thundery showers affecting parts of southern England and Wales. Tomorrow will see some changes as winds begin to turn more into a northerly direction which will draw down cooler and fresher air but it will become sunnier too with the showers gradually clearing away from southern regions.

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Exclusive : Scottish Weather To Vote NO

In an exclusive interview with Metcheck, the Scottish weather has said it will vote NO in the upcoming referendum. "We've been exporting snow, freezing temperatures and generally crap weather to the soft Southern lads and lassies for hundred years now, so why stop?" it added "Nothing gives us a bigger chuckle than seeing cars sliding around and English people trying to use umbrellas in 50mph winds!"

This comes just a few days before Scotland makes the momentous decision as to whether to keep its own weather in the future and stop the trade of weather between England and Scotland.

"The only thing the English weather has sent us are thunderstorms" Scottish weather said. "Even those are hit and miss, plus last year they didn't send us any! Not one!".

The English weather replied earlier today explaining that due to "budget cuts" they had been unable to send thunderstorms last year but promised that if Scottish weather votes YES then next year Scotland can expect "Bountiful thunderstorms with a rather nice cherry on top!". Responding to the potential of Scottish weather voting NO, English weather added that "If they stop sending us ice, snow and goodness knows what, then we shall moan about something else. Fog and err... low cloud with occasional showers can cause misery for millions, so we shall moan about that."

Metcheck tried to contact French weather to ask whether they had any plans based on the potential outcome but it was still at lunch.

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Equinoctial Gales

Next week sees the autumn equinox take place as the sun passes over the equator and moves over the southern hemisphere for the next six months. Traditionally many Septembers bring a spell of fine, settled late-summer weather during the first half of the month which then give way to increasingly unsettled conditions with spells wind and rain developing during the second half. Often when this transition takes place within a week or so of the autumn equinox it has long been referred to as the time of "equinoctial gales".

Recent records don't completely support the idea of equinoctial gales, and whilst there are years in which gales weather have affected the country at the time of the equinox, such as 1975 and 1991, the second half of September as a whole is generally a period in which the frequency of high winds starts to increase in time for the winter season when the gales peak in frequency as the temperature gradient between the pole and the tropics increases.

So what of this year? Well the equinox occurs on September 23rd and so far this month has been exceptionally dry, warm and settled for many parts. However over the next week or so we are set to see rather more unsettled conditions developing, firstly in the form of thundery showers moving into southern Britain from the south by the end of the coming week and into the weekend before the quiet weather returns for the beginning of next week. However there is growing consensus that a full breakdown to Atlantic weather systems will take place later next week with spells of increasingly wet and windy weather developing.

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