After A Saturday Soaking, A More Settled Sunday Is On Tap For UK

Written by on June 16, 2012 in United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

It has been a really poor past 48 hours for June across many parts of the UK as another Atlantic low sweeps wind, rain and cold across the country. It has felt and even looked more like October rather than mid-June with my high here yesterday topping no higher than 48F (9C). The biting east wind made it feel worse. While much of the southern half of Britain saw at least clearing from the initial rain band yesterday morning, strong, gusty winds and heavy showers quickly replaced it. The main rain band ever since yesterday morning has stalled across Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland and the northern half of England where with only a few brief hours respite, the rains have been persistent and often heavy, particularly so through this morning according to my own observations. It wasn’t much fun yesterday morning either as my father-in-law and I struggled to get a fridge-freezer, couch, beds and everything else that goes with a house move into a truck with the rain and wind battering us. It felt darn cold too. You could easily have mistaken yesterday and this morning with a morning in autumn.

While driving throughout Dumfries and Galloway this morning, it was windy again and the rains were persistent and at times very heavy. This lead to worsening road conditions with a lot of surface water.

It wouldn’t surprise me if a few upslope areas of the Galloway Hills and the Cumbrian Fells picked up 3 inches by the end of tonight with a widespread 1 inch for many where the rain band has stalled over.



More heavy rain. This time focused upon the SE corner for Sun night/Mon morning (Map courtesy of MeteoGroup)

The good news is there IS light, albeit brief at the end of this rather soggy tunnel. Tomorrow looks a good deal better as the low finally shifts northeastwards into the North Sea, this will push this stubborn rainband out to sea with it and we should see more in the way of brightness and with lighter winds it will look and more importantly, feel, much better.

There will be showers around but these will be developing more with sunshine warming the surface and stiring the atmosphere. With sunshine, highs return to more acceptable values of 15-17C in the North, 17-20C in the South.

Unfortunately, with this troughy pattern over NW Europe, there is always that fly in the ointment. There will be another wave of rain sweeping into the Southeast of England from France Sunday night into Monday. This rain looks persistent and heavy through the Monday morning commute but elsewhere it shouldn’t be too bad of a day.

Coming up.. A detailed look at the week ahead and beyond for the UK and Europe. Stay tuned!

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