In­dian sum­mer hopes dashed by hur­ri­cane sea­son

The Sunday Telegraph - - Weather - By Peter Stan­ford

SO MUCH for any lin­ger­ing hopes of a sun-kissed Septem­ber. In­stead, last week we had the first named storm of the sea­son. “Aileen” brought the sort of rain and gale-force winds – 83mph on the Isle of Wight – usu­ally ex­pected in late Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber.

But we won’t be see­ing B for Brian or C for Caro­line any time soon. In­stead, to­day will en­joy a gen­tle im­prove­ment on what has so far been a damp week­end in most parts. The bit­ter northerly wind that has been blow­ing in cold air is be­ing re­placed by some­thing more be­nign and mild from the South West. So we will wake up af­ter a chilly night to clear skies and tem­per­a­tures that will build as the day pro­gresses to a pleas­ant 64F (18C) in Lon­don, 61F (16C) in Ply­mouth and 59F (15C) in Belfast.

High pres­sure should cover most of the UK in the days ahead, with the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of North­ern Ire­land and western Scot­land. There, the At­lantic lows that have been such a fa­mil­iar fea­ture of Septem­ber, with their cy­cle of wind, rain and the oc­ca­sional patch of sun, could main­tain their hold.

The over­all di­rec­tion of travel, though, is on­wards and up­wards. So as the week pro­gresses, those who have been reach­ing for the cen­tral heat­ing but­ton and the win­ter du­vet as they shiver in their beds can re­lax. No more chilly nights for the time be­ing.

But don’t start imag­in­ing an In­dian sum­mer, be­cause the hur­ri­cane sea­son on the other side of the At­lantic con­tin­ues to cast a cloud of uncer­tainty over our weather fore­casts. The un­pre­dictable fac­tor at the mo­ment is Hur­ri­cane Jose, which is wax­ing and wan­ing out in the At­lantic.

Race­go­ers at Ling­field, Sur­rey, bore the brunt on the wet weather yes­ter­day

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