Parts of England see first drops of rain in 5-7 weeks… 35C+ next week?

Written by on July 21, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

While Scotland saw a breakdown in the ‘weeks’ of dry, sunny weather last weekend, it’s been England and Wales’s turn in the last 36 hours. Sure there have been showers and storms in the past 5 days but they’ve been hit and miss with many missing out completely.

Driest 1st half to a summer on record

It’s official, with just 50.8mm of rain falling between 1 June and 19 July, this comfortably surpassing the previous record of 58mm set in 2013 for the driest first half to a summer on record for the UK.

The contrast between May and mid July from space could not be more striking.

Credit: NASA

Effects of this drought on Britain’s major rivers is becoming very evident.

It was raining for the first time in 5 to 7 weeks across parts of the Midlands and Southern England today.

Credit: BBC Weather

For parts of an arid Greater London, the first rain in nearly 6 weeks is falling tonight!

We’re seeing scenes not witnessed since 1976.

As for the weekend, well it’s just another hot one in a long hot summer for the South and East.

Little significant rain expected through July 29th for England .

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

A shot at the UK record of 38.5C later next week?

As for next week, well the rumors are true. As a trough sits near Iceland and strong high pressure remains firm over Europe, we will continue to draw hot air off the continent.

Next 7-day mean 500mb height anomaly

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

For the Southeast it’s hot this weekend at around 30C, hotter early next week at 34C as a front is never far from Ireland and Scotland shores.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

At this moment in time, 35+ is very possible by the end of next week as models have a storm system off Ireland and high pressure centred over the Norwegian Sea. This turns the flow southeasterly, drawing up some very hot air across a bone dry Southeast England.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Met Desk


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