Shiv­er­ing Scots chill out in dis­mal sum­mer

More down­pours to cap dire Au­gust

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE - By Tim Knowles tknowles@sun­day­

IF you think sum­mer has for­got­ten to come to Scot­land this year, you’re right.

It has been one of the cold­est Au­gusts for 30 years with “abysmal” peak tem­per­a­tures, fol­low­ing suit from June and July – and shiv­er­ing Scots are set for more mis­ery this week.

Tem­per­a­tures have only crept above 21 º C twice this month and the last three weeks have been colder than peak Au­gust tem­per­a­tures in all but five years since 1987, Met Of­fice records showed.

Au­gust has siz­zled in Scot­land in re­cent years – with 27 º C last year and 26 º C in 2015, 2013 and 2012. 2003 saw an all-time record of 32.9 º C but just two days this month reached above 21.9 º C.

The month’s peak tem­per­a­ture of 24.1 º C was set on Tues­day at

Th­reave, Dum­fries and Gal­loway while Wed­nes­days aw22.4ºC at Kin­loss, Mo­ray but the cen­tral belt was stuck at just19ºC both days.

The Weather Outlook fore­caster Brian Gaze said: “Sum­mer was flushed down the pan early this year in Scot­land, with dis­ap­pointed hol­i­day­mak­ers and abysmal peak Au­gust tem­per­a­tures.”

To­day’s weather may of­fer a glim­mer of hope as highs of20ºC are ex­pected in the east but those hop­ing the sun will stick around are in for dis­ap­point­ment as wind and rain are ex­pected back to­mor­row.

The com­ing down­pours are likely to tip soggy Scot­land into one of the wettest Au­gusts in his­tory as the coun­try had al­ready reached its en­tire av­er­age rain­fall for the month by Wed­nes­day with more down­pours al­most ev­ery day since.

An av­er­age of 116mm has al­ready fallen this month in Scot­land, the Met Of­fice said, with the buck­ets of rain, gusty winds and cool tem­per­a­tures putting a damp­ener on ma­jor events in­clud­ing the Royal Mil­i­tary Tat­too and Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

Scot­land did have a two- day heat­wave this year – but it came three months ago. Lossiemouth, Mo­ray hit 29.4 º C on May 26 af­ter Aboyne, Aberdeen­shire topped 29.4 º C the day be­fore.

FLOOD­ING caused by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey could be­come “cat­a­strophic and life threat­en­ing”, say ex­perts.

The storm caused de­struc­tion when it hit the coastal town of Rock­port, Texas, late on Fri­day night.

And the state, home to hun­dreds of Scot­tish ex-pat oil work­ers, is now braced for up to 40 inches of rain be­tween now and Wed­nes­day.

A US Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre state­ment said: “Rain­fall of this mag­ni­tude will cause cat­a­strophic and life-threat­en­ing flood­ing.”

A sport­ing sum­mer hit by rain.

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