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28
Aug
06:00


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Showers In West

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Low pressure is dominating for the end of the week as Low Zachery slowly edges east/north-eastwards during the next couple of days bringing showers or longer spells of rain with him. There are signs of a significant improvement in the weather taking place as we go into the start of September with high pressure taking control bringing plenty of fine and warm weather next week.

Back to this morning and it is a rather cloudy and murky start to the day in many areas with a band of rain pushing north-eastwards across Scotland, northern and eastern parts of England, the heaviest of the rain over western Scotland. This rain will continue on it's journey northeast to bring a damp afternoon to the Northern Isles whilst brighter conditions, already across the southwest, will follow on behind to affect many areas today. However a scattering of showers will break out across western parts of England along with Wales this afternoon, and heavy showers with gusty winds will move into Northern Ireland during this evening. Temperatures for many parts will again be close to normal today and whilst it will feel warm in the sunny spells, it will also feel rather cool in the wind and where any showers occur.

Tonight will see the wind strengthening across northern and western Britain with coastal gales developing as heavy and frequent showers move in from the west but across southern and eastern areas it will become mostly dry with some clear spells. Looking ahead to tomorrow and a mixture of sunny spells and showers will be the order of the day, the heaviest and most frequent of the showers towards the north and west with southeast England having the best chance of staying mostly dry and bright.

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26
Aug
08:37


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (2)

Turning More Settl.... Oh Hang On.


Well, the second half of August has certainly been a bit of a wake up call with regards to how quickly it feels Summer can end eh?

For the rest of this week we will find Low Yvonne slowly dragging herself away to the East whilst another area of low pressure (Low Zachary) will push in from the West bringing rain and some stronger winds across Western areas later on Wednesday.

Once again Zachary looks like hanging around to the East of the UK and dragging in cooler air from the North. This seems a pretty relentless pattern over the last month or so and could well be one to watch as we head into Autumn.

Hurricane Cristobal is out in the Atlantic too and is causing havoc with the weather models. It is unlikely Cristobal will have any direct affect on the UK weather (unlike ex-Bertha). But the track and intensity he takes will dictate whether high pressure returns for the start of September. Even though we are expecting a return to more settled conditions next week, think warmish days with chilly nights and overnight mist and fog... not scorchio by any means.

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27
Aug
08:48


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (2)

Signs Of Improvement


Nope, we don't mean with the Metcheck forecasters sense of humour sadly, but tentative signs now of high pressure building across the UK during the first week of September. Strangely enough, the main driving factor of high pressure building is in fact remnants of Hurricane Cristobal which races across the Atlantic but heads North towards Iceland.

You see, this is natural physics in action. Low pressure will force air to rise which is great.. but that air has to go somewhere. Imagine when you were younger and you would dig holes (perhaps you're still doing this?) in the ground and then throwing the soil out. Eventually it will form a mound of dirt, on one side if it is windy enough. In the atmospheres case this is air. The air being sucked up by Hurricane Cristobal is deflected to the East of it and in turn builds an area of high pressure with all that descending air. The one difference between a transient high (which Cristobal creates) and something like the Azores high (semi-permanent) is that transient highs tend to get moved along rather quickly by any incoming area of low pressure from the West.

So, that's next weeks weather in a nutshell, high pressure building in from the West but expect a few complications as transient high pressure areas are reliant on the exact track and intensity of what is creating them.

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