August Bank Holiday weather extremes

23 08 2013

The August Bank Holiday is always the last Monday in August, although these statistics include Saturday and Sunday, to look at the whole weekend. At this time of year it can still be quite hot, although there have been few instances of this actually being the case over the Bank Holiday weekend itself. In some years the progression of Atlantic low-pressure systems have arrived by the end of August, bringing wind and rain.

Here are the warmest, coldest, wettest and windiest August Bank Holiday weekends, as provided by the Met Office National Climate Information Centre.

Warmest

Temperatures reached 31.6 °C at London Weather Centre on Saturday 25 August 2001, and more than twenty stations exceeded 30 °C on that day, mostly in the south-east and East Anglia. Saturday 25th August 1990 was also very warm in many parts.

Coldest

Numerous Scottish stations failed to get above 10 °C on Sunday 28th August 2011, the lowest maximum being 9.1 °C at Cromdale. This excludes stations 500 metres above sea level, which may be considerably colder.

There have also been numerous instances of air frost over the August Bank Holiday, most of them in Scotland, most notably in 1977 and 1982. The lowest individual reading was -3.1 °C at Kindrogan on Sunday 28 August 1977.

Wettest

On occasions 100 mm or more of rainfall has been recorded in a day. The highest 0900 GMT – 0900 GMT figure is 152.2 mm, recorded at Glendessary on Monday 31 August 1992. Widespread heavy rainfall also came from the remnants of Hurricane Charlie on Monday 25 August 1986.

Windiest

A maximum gust of 78 mph was reported at Lerwick on Monday 29 August 2005. Strong winds were also relatively widespread in 1986 and 1992.

Check your local Bank Holiday weather forecast on our website.





No heat wave just sunshine and showers this weekend

21 08 2013

You may have seen more headlines in the newspapers today talking about a heat wave heading our way for the weekend. Once again these stories seem a little over-hyped.

The Met Office forecast for the rest of the week does, indeed, show rising temperatures, peaking in the high 20’s Celsius in south-east England on Friday. Temperatures are then expected to return to around average during the course of the weekend, so not a heat wave.

The weather is expected to turn more unsettled from the west during Friday and Saturday, with the risk of some heavy, showery rain around. The rest of the weekend should see some good dry and sunny spells of weather at times, but the risk of occasional showers remains and there is some uncertainty about which areas will see the showers and when.

The uncertainty this weekend comes from complex weather patterns developing over the Atlantic and these will ultimately determine where the showers will be from day to day. For those who like technical speak, it’s called a trough disruption and forecasting this phenomenon continues to be a major challenge to both computer models and humans alike.

So the best thing to do is keep up to date with the forecast to get the latest on how things are expected to develop over this weekend.





Met Office in the Media: 31 August 2010

31 08 2010

The Times ran a number of articles over the weekend in the Weather Eye feature looking at the North Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Julian Heming, tropical storm expert at the Met Office briefed Paul Simons explaining the quiet start to the  Hurricane season and highlighting a move to a more active spell in the next week or so as Danielle, Earl and Fiona all line up.  Jyotika’s Tropical Storm Blog give’s some more information on this.

The Daily Telegraph reports on the largely fine weather that was forecast and enjoyed over the Bank Holiday weekend. With high pressure sticking around for a couple more days yet it looks like we well see some fine weather for the end of the school holidays in England and Wales.





Weather set to improve next week

26 08 2010

The weather is set to improve for most as we head through the Bank holiday weekend and in to next week, with more settled conditions spreading from the south and west.

Our forecasts show that it is likely to stay rather mixed on Saturday and Sunday with some bright or sunny spells, but also the chance of some rain, especially in the north and east where there may be a chilly wind.

However, Bank Holiday Monday looks set to be mainly dry with some sunny spells for much of England and Wales. Some showers are possible, mainly in the north and east where it may stay rather breezy. This fine spell is expected to last into next week.

Met Office Chief Forecaster, Martin Young, said: “Following the wet weather parts of England and Wales have seen over the last few days, it looks like we will see an improvement for Bank Holiday Monday and the final week of the school holidays. The best day of the weekend is likely to be Monday with some warm sunshine in the west.”

A spokesperson for the RAC said: “The RAC predicts that with improving weather and so many events taking place up and down the country, the roads are going to be extremely busy over the bank holiday weekend. It’s really important that people plan their routes before setting off to avoid any congestion and get the best out of their extended break.”








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