Sum­mer may be over but oth­ers have real trou­bles

The Sunday Telegraph - - Weather - By Peter Stan­ford

ONE of the joys of au­tumn is its golden, over-ripe moons. We had this year’s Har­vest Moon – the one near­est the equinox – on Thurs­day evening, and it was a truly spec­tac­u­lar sight, though a sym­bol that sum­mer is now over. So spec­tac­u­lar, in the south es­pe­cially, un­der clear skies, that it mo­men­tar­ily wiped away the me­mory of what a grey, damp mush it has been of late. Monthly fig­ures showed that it was Septem­ber in the rain for most of us, with 30 per cent more inches of rain­fall coun­try­wide than the year-on-year av­er­age.

But, if we look fur­ther afield, there are cer­tainly worse fates than our cur­rent trou­bles. In the Caribbean, cen­tral Amer­ica and the south­ern United States, they are run­ning through the al­pha­bet of names for hur­ri­canes at a dizzy­ing rate. This week it is the turn of Trop­i­cal Storm Nate, pre­dicted to be up­graded to hur­ri­cane sta­tus, but al­ready caus­ing loss of life in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Here, af­ter a cloudy, rainy but mild Satur­day, things are look­ing up for to­day. Ev­ery­where should start bright, with sun­shine last­ing long­est in the east, and the chill that has been around los­ing its edge. Tem­per­a­tures are fairly de­cent for the sea­son – 63°F (17°C) in Lon­don, 59°F (15°C) in Birm­ing­ham and 57°F (14°C) in Ed­in­burgh.

As the work­ing week gets go­ing, we are likely to have a north-south di­vide. For Scotland and North­ern Ire­land that will mean plenty of rain to­mor­row and blus­tery con­di­tions. Down south, high pres­sure is largely away over the Con­ti­nent, so its be­nign in­flu­ence is rel­a­tively weak. That means not quite so much rain and slightly warmer con­di­tions, but still, by Tues­day, the chance of heavy down­pours.

Leaves are start­ing to fall in a tun­nel of trees in Hal­naker, West Sus­sex

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