Cool, Rainy Start To French Open, Improvement For Chelsea Flower Show

A ‘cool high’ over the UK is providing an AM sunshine/PM thunderstorm regime thanks to strong surface heating and strong upward motion due to a cool mid and upper level air. After the cool of clear, calm nights with patchy rural frost, strong sunshine is providing strong lift and towering cumulonimbus formation quite widely. Not only are they producing downpours, hail and lightning but funnel clouds as well.

Photo by @Kath_RV73

Photo by @Kath_RV73

Credit: Met Office

Credit: Met Office

Today’s thunderstorms have been fewer and further between and tomorrow even less so thanks to slightly stronger heights which provide some capping of the atmosphere. More sinking and slight warming in the mid levels makes for more descending and less ascending air.

Off to the Chelsea Flower Show? Should be largely dry and pleasant.

Credit: Met Office

Credit: Met Office

The models still have some disturbed weather moving in off the North Sea Wednesday but this doesn’t look to be a big deal.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Rain days have plagued the French Open at Roland Garros for a 2nd straight day but conditions improve after today. Feeling warm in the sun but it’s actually cool with highs in the mid to high teens in Paris.

Impressive lightning strike capture from Friday night.

Credit: Bertrand Kulik

Credit: Bertrand Kulik

The UK has been the same, in fact if the temperature does not surpass 20C this afternoon, this would be the 10th in a row.

Unlike the 32+C heat of last year, the French Open has very much started off on a cool showery note.

Credit: AccuWeather

Credit: AccuWeather

Credit: BBC Weather

Credit: BBC Weather

All eyes on two potential lows lifting up through France, 1st late week and 2nd late weekend or early next week. This is likely to cause more disruption to the Open. Unknown how much impact this feature has on SE England. Their southerly track suggests warmer, more humid continental air returns so the string of teens should come to an end!

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

SORRY FOR THE LATE POST. HAD ISSUES WITH TIME AND WI-FI AVAILABILITY AS I’M ON THE ROAD.

More tomorrow!

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