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Week started with record heat, ends with gales across Scotland, 91 mph gust over Cairngorm

Week started with record heat, ends with gales across Scotland, 91 mph gust over Cairngorm

The week opened hot with record temperatures across the southern UK but the week ends autumn-like with an unseasonably deep low bringing gales across northern Scotland. Yesterday was windy, check out of the visible satellite showing the wave clouds created by wind and hills/mountain interaction. Despite the much fresher, blustery conditions, it still a fine day in the […]

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Europe July 2017 Outlook

Europe July 2017 Outlook

June is turning out to be a bookend month with cool, wet and windy start resembling early autumn rather than early summer, warm to hot middle and now as we close the month, we’re back in the more autumnal pattern. The most notable pattern shift from May into June was the turn to much wetter conditions […]

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Heathrow tops 34.5C making it the UK’s warmest June day in 41 years

Heathrow tops 34.5C making it the UK’s warmest June day in 41 years

The thermometer topped out at 34.5C late this afternoon at Heathrow Airport. This makes it the UK’s warmest June day since 1976. It’s also the UK’s warmest summer solstice. The only warmer June day was June 28, 1976 when Southampton reached 35.6C. It was a tough evening commute for Londoners. Tonight shall be another very muggy one […]

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UK eyes warmest June day since 1976 on longest day of the year

UK eyes warmest June day since 1976 on longest day of the year

Today marks the longest day of the year and the peak of the June 2017 heat wave. Summer solstice 2017 could be a special one in UK weather history. Today shall mark the 5th consecutive day where it’s reached 30C or higher somewhere in the UK. An occurrence not seen in over 20 years. Today is expected […]

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0C in Highlands, 21C London and 1976 UK June heat record may be challenged!

0C in Highlands, 21C London and 1976 UK June heat record may be challenged!

After we recorded the warmest day of the year on 3 consecutive days, two of which was set at Hampton Water Works with 32.1 and 32.5C respectively, Scotland witnessed a cooling trend through Monday and last night turned decidedly chilly. Cardiff witnessed their warmest June day in 22 years yesterday with 30C (86F). As for this morning, […]

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40+C heat & wildfire continues for Iberia, UK eyes 5-straight 30C days, a 1st in June for 20 yrs!

40+C heat & wildfire continues for Iberia, UK eyes 5-straight 30C days, a 1st in June for 20 yrs!

The torturous heat remains across Iberia with central/southern Portugal and Spain holding in the 42-44C range. Cordoba, Spain has hit 44.5C a few times since Friday including yesterday which comes within striking distance of city and national all-time record for June. Alcácer do Sal in Portugal reached 44.9C yesterday. Hot, dry and windy conditions have led to a devastating wildfire situation […]

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500-mile day trip & climb of Ben Hope, Most northerly munro!

500-mile day trip & climb of Ben Hope, Most northerly munro!

I am well accustomed to long day trips in excess of 500-miles round trip but taking in the climb of a munro too made this a first for me. The last two climbs (Maol Chean Dearg, Sgurr Choinnich and Sgurr a Chaorachain) were in Torridon. This time I bypassed Torridon and took aim at Scotland’s remote and stunning Far North. This was my 3rd visit […]

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WESTERN EUROPE: Severe heat travels north from Iberia this weekend

WESTERN EUROPE: Severe heat travels north from Iberia this weekend

A strong upper ridge over southern England is promoting very warm weather this weekend into early next week. Intensely hot Iberian air shall lift north over France into the UK this weekend with mid-30s for central, even northern France, first low 30s for SE UK. Despite some disturbed weather drifting into western Scotland on the northern flank of the ridge, […]

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Scotland remains frustrated while much of England heats up, shift in fortune next week?

Scotland remains frustrated while much of England heats up, shift in fortune next week?

Well I guess you could say the heat is on but probably just south of the border I’m afraid. Today will be a typically ‘warm June day’ in the Southeast and over northern France where highs widely rise into the low and middle 20s, locally 27C on the English side of the channel, widely 27-29 in […]

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THIS WEEK: Deep Atlantic low steers stubborn fronts across Scotland, pumps intense heat into Spain

THIS WEEK: Deep Atlantic low steers stubborn fronts across Scotland, pumps intense heat into Spain

An unusually deep Atlantic cyclone spinning west, northwest of Ireland is driving the weather across Western Europe with cool, blustery and showery conditions for Glasgow and Belfast, pleasantly warm for London and Paris but intensely hot for Madrid down to Seville. What you can expect through the rest of this week. Glasgow Costa Del Sol Visible satellite view showing the big Atlantic depression […]

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