The Sunday Telegraph

Damper, cooler spell leads up to a warmer weekend

- By Peter Stanford

ONE brilliant burst of heat over a few blissful days doesn’t make a summer. So if you are worrying that last week’s high temperatur­es, especially in the South and East, may have used up our ration for 2021, then fear not. By next weekend, something hot should be returning from the East. In between, though, it is going to be substantia­lly damper and cooler.

After the recent heat, humidity and thundersto­rms, today will be markedly quieter, but not without incident. The band of rain and hot air that swept in from the South yesterday evening will remain active in London, the South East and East Anglia. Low pressure will be heading into the North and West, bringing a fresher feel to the atmosphere there, but also some rain. Overall, it is a mixed bag, but the risk of thundersto­rms remains.

Temperatur­e-wise, the humid south-eastern corner will be requiring a summer wardrobe as well as rain mac, with 22C (72F) in Norwich, and 21C (70F) in London. Elsewhere, things will be a bit more disappoint­ing, with 19C (66F) in Cardiff, 16C (61F) in Glasgow and Edinburgh and 14C (57F) in Stornoway in the Western Isles.

As the week gets under way with the summer solstice, the northern half of the country will be wetter, while the presence of low pressure, when combined with the heat of the sun at this time of year, will create unstable conditions everywhere. So factor in the occasional downpour, but the recent sticky heat will have gone. For a while anyway.

By the end of next week, high pressure will build again, drawing in warm air from the South, initially into the eastern side, but gradually giving us all back a taste of summer.

 ??  ?? A couple brave the rain under an umbrella on Durdle Door beach in Dorset
A couple brave the rain under an umbrella on Durdle Door beach in Dorset

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