Friday, June 23, 2017

UK: Cooler weekend to follow longest June heatwave in more than 40 years

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 23,2017, 11:57:43AM,EDT
Cooler air will continue to pour across the United Kingdom this weekend, providing relief from the longest June heatwave in more than 40 years.
High temperatures this weekend will range from 13-17 C (55-62 F) in Scotland and Northern Ireland, 16-18 C (60-65 F) in northern England and Wales and 18-23 C (65-73 F) in the Midlands and southern England.
Whilst such temperatures are near to below normal, this weekend will feel dramatically cooler following the recent heatwave. That is especially true across Wales and England.
Temperatures surpassed 30 C (86 F) in parts of England and Wales each day from Saturday through Wednesday, resulting in the longest heatwave in June since 1976, according to the Met Office.
London also endured its hottest June day since that year as temperatures soared to 34.5 C (94.1 F) on Wednesday.
On the same day, temperatures soared to 31 C (88 F) at Glastonbury, reportedly making it the hottest day of the festival's history. Paramedics have treated dozens of festival-goers for heat-related ailments.
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The cooler air this weekend will be welcomed by many attending both the Glastonbury Festival and Royal Ascot.
A moderate breeze will create slightly lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
"A bypassing depression will kick up gusts of 45-50 mph (72-80 km/h) across coastal and exposed areas of northern Scotland this weekend," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "The strongest winds will blow on Saturday."
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Rainy spells will also stream into northern and western Scotland this weekend, spoiling outdoor plans.
Odd showers will lightly dampen the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England this weekend.
"Whilst the weekend will not be a washout, those heading to Glastonbury will want to pack their wellies for the occasional passing shower," Pydynowski said.
The greatest chance for a shower around London will be on Saturday morning. The city will then join the East Midlands and North East England in being largely dry with sunny spells this weekend.
Looking ahead to next week, a turn to more unsettled weather with bouts of rain will prevent another heatwave from unfolding.

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