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Weather Outlook for South West England for the Rest of the Week

Author: AboutMyArea HeadOffice Published: 6th August 2013 08:30
Tuesday 6th August to Saturday 10th
Mainly dry, some cloud, but also sunny spells. Isolated showers.

Today (Tuesday):
Patches of morning mist will quickly clear, to leave a dry day with variable amounts of cloud, warm sunny spells and light winds. Although sea breezes will keep coasts cooler. Isolated showers will also develop, mainly over Cornwall and Devon. Maximum Temperature 21 °C.

Isolated showers soon dying away to leave a dry night with clear spells. Light winds will lead to one or two patches of mist again developing. Feeling rather cool again. Minimum Temperature 11 °C.

A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. These will be slightly more frequent than on Tuesday, and could become heavy, and slow moving in the light breeze. Maximum Temperature 21 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Sunny spells and showers again Thursday, before a band of light rain moves through on Friday. A westerly breeze then brings sunny spells, but also further scattered showers on Saturday.

UK Outlook for Saturday 10 Aug 2013 to Monday 19 Aug 2013:

sunset The first weekend should start dry and bright for most, but conditions will soon turn breezier and more unsettled as showers followed by more persistent rain spread east. Temperatures should be mostly near normal, but perhaps warm at times in the southeast, with this split likely to persist into the following working week. Further changeable and often breezy conditions are likely through into mid-August, with showers or longer spells of rain affecting most regions most days, separated by some sunny spells. The south and east are likely to see the brightest weather and fewest showers. Temperatures should remain near or just above average in the main, although there is a small chance of parts of the south becoming very warm locally late in the period.

UK Outlook for Tuesday 20 Aug 2013 to Tuesday 3 Sep 2013:

The broadly unsettled weather type expected across the UK during mid-August is likely to continue into the early part of this forecast period. Thereafter, during late August and early September, no strong signals currently exist as to most likely dominant weather types. As such, most regions can expect to have fine and at least pleasantly warm weather at times, southern and eastern UK likely to see the most prolonged fine spells. Equally some bouts of unsettled weather are also expected, perhaps most likely to the north and west.

July finished in top three sunniest and warmest

5 August 2013 - Met Office figures show that, with a mean temperature of 17 °C, July 2013 was the third warmest in the national record going back to 1910, behind 2006 (17.8 °C) and 1983 (17.3 °C)

This July's heatwave was more notable for its duration than its intensity, although it is not particularly unusual in a historical context. The last year in which 30 °C was not recorded at any station was in 1993. However, this July stands out in contrast to the run of unsettled summers from 2007 to 2012, and was the most significant UK heatwave since July 2006.

Through the month we saw high pressure sitting over the UK bringing a prolonged period of high temperatures between Saturday 6 July and Thursday 24 July, when a maximum of 28 °C was recorded at one or more locations on each of those 19 days.

The last time the UK saw such a long period of hot weather was August 1997 which also had a 19- day run of high temperatures. The highest temperature for July 2013 was recorded jointly at Heathrow and Northolt on 22 July (33.5 °C). (Although this high temperature has already been surpassed in August, with 34.1 °C recorded at Heathrow on 1 August.

July 2006 still stands as the hottest month on record in the UK with a mean temperature of 17.8 °C and also saw the record July temperature of 36.5 °C at Wisley (19 July 2006).

The heatwave broke on 22 July with thunder and some very heavy downpours. The wettest day in July was in Cumbria, when 79.8mm of rain fell at Carlisle on 28 July (97.4 mm on a 48 hour rainfall total between 0900 GMT 27 July to GMT 29 July 2013).

Looking at the individual countries, the hottest day in Scotland was on 20 July (30.5 °C) at Glenlee, with Castlederg in Northern Ireland and Porthmadog in Wales recording their highest temperatures on 19 July (30.1 °C and 31.4 °C respectively). England's hottest day was also the aforementioned UK's hottest day (33.5 °C on 22 July Heathrow and Northolt).

July's UK rainfall total was 64mm, with Scotland receiving near normal levels at 83.1 mm and the whole of England drier than average at 52.3 mm (but with Northern England registering above average rainfall with 75.8 mm and Southern England below average at 39.8 mm). Wales (58.0 mm) and Northern Ireland (78.2 mm) were slightly drier than average.

Source: Met Office

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