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Little Change

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High pressure continues to sit over Scandinavia but is weakening enough to allow low pressure to the southwest to edge closer bringing an increasing chance of some heavy, thundery showers breaking out during the next couple of days, especially over the Channel Islands and southern England. Meanwhile a weak front will plague eastern and north-eastern Britain today bringing a lot of dull and damp weather with it.

It is yet 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, whilst there are a few scattered heavy showers lurking around the Channel Islands and up towards southwest England. On the whole many areas will brighten up this morning and some warm sunny spells will develop by this afternoon although there could then be the odd sharp shower popping up almost anywhere, but most likely over the Channel Islands and southern parts of England where they could turn thundery. Meanwhile along eastern coastal regions of both England and Scotland it is 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 22C to 25C are quite likely, perhaps 26C in places, 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 any showers will tend to die out although the odd one may linger on. Tomorrow will see very little change overall with many places away from the dull and damp northeast seeing plenty of bright and warm weather developing after a cloudy start, but a few heavy, thundery showers may again break out towards southern England and Wales, perhaps more widespread than today.

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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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