Ar­mistice Day cer­e­monies face gusts and rain

The Sunday Telegraph - - Weather - By Peter Stan­ford

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

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