Armistice Day ceremonies face gusts and rain
THE weather isn’t being kind this weekend as we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Rain and wind have been battering most parts of the country since Friday and today will see no respite. Those attending Armistice Day ceremonies at war memorials should brace themselves for showers in what will remain gusty and unpleasant conditions.
Driving this prolonged period of autumn misery is a huge area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic, so large that it stretches to cover much of western Europe, too. Today, will see a shift in wind direction, towards south-westerlies, sucking in warmer air, which should nudge up temperatures to above seasonal averages. So expect 57C (14F) in London, 55C (13F) in Plymouth, Cardiff, Norwich and Manchester, but just 50C (10F) in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Any added warmth will do nothing to stop the rainfall on already saturated ground and the Environment Agency has issued flood warnings. The wind speed will be down on Friday’s gusts of up to 50, even 60mph, but you will need a sturdy umbrella nonetheless.
Perhaps Remembrance Sunday is the one day each year when we can’t complain about bad weather, given that those we are recalling sacrificed so much more on our behalf.
Those harbouring hopes of a better week ahead, though, will most likely be disappointed.
Low pressure will still be felt into Monday and possibly Tuesday. After that the Jet Stream, will change direction and open the doors for high pressure and some foggy conditions.
Poppy at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, honours WWI soldiers