Here comes the sun....

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The sun has got his hat on
Hip Hip Hip Hooray....

Well not quite, but come tomorrow and onwards. Models show it hanging on right through the coming week and into the next shock Potential for storms perhaps later in the modelling period.

Not quite nice for all, especially to start where western areas and Scotland could see much cooler weather. South eastern and central England are currently looking to be the favoured hot spots. Sunday looks to reach mid to high 20's but cooling off a bit on Monday.

It actually looks like the best weather we've had for a few years I think (if you arent about to explode with baby or a hayfever sufferer). Happy days!

Raahh Thu 04-Jul-13 12:01:46


HesterShaw Thu 04-Jul-13 13:53:13

It's the Azores High! It's only the bloody Azores High! <breaks down with the emotion>

It is rather splendid isnt it!

grin grin grin

Sooooooooooooooo what we all need x

Yonihadtoask Thu 04-Jul-13 14:27:11

Hurrah!! At last!!

usualsuspect Thu 04-Jul-13 15:48:00

Will it carry on the week after next? please say yes.

AngryFeet Thu 04-Jul-13 15:54:37

Im packing all weekend for a house move <weeps>

At the moment that is what the models appear to indicate, through to the 17th, then the gfs ensembles start to split a bit but that's really far in forecasting land.

Angryfeet, you should postpone til the first day of the English school holidays, then it will all go pear shaped grin

usualsuspect Thu 04-Jul-13 15:59:45

I'm going camping on the 12th. I'm excited now. [Smile]

Nicely timed! (Though watch out for the odd thunderstorm by then, depending on where you are)

Back2Two Thu 04-Jul-13 16:07:48

Joy oh joy!
blush <<<<< that's me after a weekend in the sun

LillethTheCat Thu 04-Jul-13 16:11:08

You can all thank a certain store for not delivering my garden furniture. It was suppose to arrive 1st July, but its being put back to I dont know when so therefore when we do eventually get it, it will pour down so for now while we are without garden furniture it will be absolutely bloody lovely for everyone. grin

sheeplikessleep Thu 04-Jul-13 16:50:44

I'm 32 weeks pregnant. That'll teach me for having a summer baby grin

oh no lilleth! please, when it arrives send it back!!!

scripsi Thu 04-Jul-13 18:21:53

Please please tell me that pollen levels are going to suddenly diminish massively!

Sadly i can't sad You can get a 5 day pollen forecast here (select pollen). Not explored how to get it for a more extended period of time but I'm afraid high pressures tend to act as a trap for pollutants and pollen, so it is unlikely to improve rapidly.

digerd Thu 04-Jul-13 18:57:44

The air was so humid at 3pm, but at 6pm blue sky changed it to fresh and clean . We did get 26 degrees and mainly cloudy all day until after 5pm. Now completely clear sky.

Bit of a pain having to keep watering pots and shallow beds, but that is the con for the pro of sunny and warm days.
Just hope the humidity keeps low as only light winds are forecast for the hot week-end.

LillethTheCat Thu 04-Jul-13 20:27:36

Don't worry kitten I'm not expecting it in time for this summer

scripsi Thu 04-Jul-13 20:35:31

Thanks kitten I am considering wearing swimming goggles all the time, to save my poor swollen eyes.

GloriaSmud Thu 04-Jul-13 21:01:00

Oh the joy ~ sun, warmth and (finally!) summer has arrived <joins children in the paddling pool>

Meglet Thu 04-Jul-13 21:23:31

My raspberries are ripening at last!

DD went out to pick some for her supper, it's like the Famous Five round here grin.

HesterShaw Thu 04-Jul-13 22:38:26

Did you have them with pork pie and lashings of ginger beer? grin

digerd Fri 05-Jul-13 07:19:59

I heard warnings of high UV rays this weekend - so lashings of sun cream for the sun worshippers.
I'm in the dance hall for 2 hours this morning with air-conditioning. Worried about little furry dog at 3 pm and really should take her out now - am thinking about it as have my hair in rollers and don't normally get ready until 9.15 after reading the newspaper and doing 2 crosswords hmm

Tullahulla Fri 05-Jul-13 07:29:00

I'm finding it hard to believe there is going to be a heatwave - outside my window is grey, gloomy and 'that rain that soaks right through you'!

Tullahulla, approx where are you in the country? It will take a little longer for it to reach the west. western Scotland doesn't really see it get going.

Any reports from coastal areas? I'm wondering how the lower than average sea temp is affecting things? (mist? dank?)

mummylin Fri 05-Jul-13 11:08:56

Here in Bournemouth it is beautiful, no wind or anything , just sunshine.

HesterShaw Fri 05-Jul-13 11:41:43

Mist and dank yesterday like you wouldn't believe, OYBBK. However the sun and wind got rid of it and today is sunny/cloudy and warmish. From tomorrow it looks proper warm and sunny. Hurrah!

hooray! that is good smile I hope it stays that way for you.

digerd Fri 05-Jul-13 13:26:42

There are several patchy clouds now, I'm happy the air is still clear and not humid/close. smile

GloriaSmud Fri 05-Jul-13 18:05:19

Highest temperature for us here (Leicester) today, was 28.4C about 45 minutes ago. Lovely weather <slaps on suncream and rejoins DDs in paddling pool>

Very similar for us too - 29C. Thankfully the house is still relatively cool.
I reckon that tomorrow we will easily top 30C.

Latest gfs model run cools things down on the 19th. However for much of that week disappointing temps are shown for those in the SW, far west of Wales and much of Scotland.

HesterShaw Sat 06-Jul-13 09:36:07

The models are lying <firm>

GloriaSmud Sat 06-Jul-13 09:49:56

26.8C already here with a slight cooling breeze. 'Tis lovely.

Got to 30.3c today. Met office forecasts often seem to undercook temps in these conditions.

HesterShaw Sat 06-Jul-13 21:53:08

They do, don't they? E.g. it was saying 17 degrees for here today.!

Meglet Mon 08-Jul-13 12:20:50

I hope it doesn't cool down and start to rain when the kids break up from school. If it could stay like this until September I'll be happy.

Looks like this is going to continue into next week, not always quite so hot. However western areas could become rather cooler in comparison to late. Some signs of a slow breakdown later next week. Lets see what happens over the next few model runs.

digerd Tue 09-Jul-13 09:25:00

7am dog walk was so chilly, I had to wear a jacketconfused.
So hope the very fresh breeze will be just right for 3pm today.
Definitely more comfotable yesterday than Sunday's suffocating, airless heat. smile. Didn't sleep so well last night, until I opened the window at 1am. Night lowest temp was only 11 at 5am, but sitting room that gets most of the sun stayed at 25 smile

Perihelion Tue 09-Jul-13 16:27:02

28C in Edinburgh near the Forth.......I'm speechless and rather sweaty.

GloriaSmud Tue 09-Jul-13 21:08:13

Perihelion ~ looks like Scotland was the hottest place in the UK today, although all the heat is causing problems with the railways.

A bit of respite for most for a couple of days and then Saturday looks super hot for many again (but not in the north of England or Scotland). A little cooler into next week - very pleasant actually, but then temps look to build up again.
Virtually no rain showing and this pattern is beginning to look set for a while (perhaps through to the end of the month maybe?????)

Perihelion Wed 10-Jul-13 11:05:14

A lovely 16C now. Some cloud and Haar came in last night. Temp peaked at 29.5C in the shade in my garden. Can't imagine how grim it must have been waiting for a train at Waverly station, which has a glass roof shock

digerd Wed 10-Jul-13 19:01:15

SE Much cooler today with a very cool wind. I took little furry dog for a walk at 6.30am, after just half a cuppa, as went out from 9-12 this morning dancing. The hall was freezing with the air-conditioning on and my hands were blue and yellow!!

After lunch I then slept for 2 hours . Just got back from the evening walkies and was refreshing. Nice not to feel flaked out with the heat. smile. Getting hotter again this weekend, oh dear. Please let there be a fresh breeze!

This weak cold front has been a bit of a relief hasnt it!
Was shocked at how wilted loads of my established plants were looking to day though. Its going to be a job and a half to keep up with the watering.

digerd Wed 10-Jul-13 19:48:43

And my glorious climbing roses began to fade and drop off last Sunday, despite me watering them copiously sad
Still got loads though smile
Just hope Thames Water doesn't hit us with a hosepipe ban again angry

The aquifers are full, so they would be very very naughty to do so!

latest hydrological survey makes for really interesting reading on many levels.

GloriaSmud Wed 10-Jul-13 21:04:36

My trailing lobelia I've got in a pot has not liked the hot spell at all. Despite lots of watering yesterday, some of it isn't so much trailing as totally wilted now! But it has been nice to have some cooler weather ~ maximum today has been 20.8C and that was at 8.05am this morning!

Meglet Wed 10-Jul-13 21:44:18

The raspberries are now looking rather wilty and the water butt is empty. I might have to whizz the hosepipe over them tomorrow to make sure they keep going until it's all fruited. Don't have anything else I need to worry about once they're done.

digerd Thu 11-Jul-13 09:00:17

exactly as forecast, today the SE has low lying cloud. Only 15 degrees atm, but giving my roses a break. Seems to be clearing slightly despite very little wind today.
We'll see what later on brings. Don't mind a day without sun as tomorrow is supposed to very warm again.

Cloud should break up today digerd.
Am quite grateful for this cooler interlude!

digerd Thu 11-Jul-13 09:13:38

Oh dear, the sun has already come out, but sky still thinly cloudy.

MegBusset Thu 11-Jul-13 20:19:04

I have just booked a camping trip for next weekend (20th/21st) so nice and hot would be great smile

Campaspe Thu 11-Jul-13 22:01:19

Anyone able to interpret the gfs forecast and give me a rough date it will be cooler in the south west? Ta

Hang on campa....

Maybe towards the end of next week, but I wouldn't put too much store in that. GFS is famous for modelling breakdowns that don't happen. Need ecmwf to come on board with that and it's not. It still shows hot at the end of the week.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 11-Jul-13 22:09:43

Hoping it stays warm and dry (in south east Wales) well into the school holidays (we finish next Friday).

We're loving this warm spell smile

I love love love the warm weather. But, I think we need a few night time thunderstorms because a) they are fun and b) we really need some rain. (Didnt think I'd be saying that)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 11-Jul-13 22:31:30

Ok, OYBBK. Bring on the thunderstorms but only between the hours of 7pm-7am (when ds's are in bed!!!).

Sounds good!

Mirage Fri 12-Jul-13 09:55:28

We got our hay baled yesterday! We had to stop on Monday because the moisture content was 30%! With no rain for the past 2 weeks or so,it can only be the heavy dews we've had and the grass being lusher as we are baling earlier than we normally would.

My cousin saw a twister in the hay field yesterday,and said it took the hay up quite high.My dad said that twisters were a sign of very hot weather to come,looks like he was

Do you mean a dust (hay) devil? They are so cool!Really good explanation of how they form here

A few weeks ago I was sat just upwind on the sides of a shallow valley and 3 of them (grass devils really!) whizzed past, one straight over me. Was very fun!

Will you get chance to get in another load of hay by the end of the season or is that it mirage?

I will be amazed if this weather lasts any longer than the day the DSs break up-24th July 1.20pm.

Mirage Fri 12-Jul-13 13:22:10

That is very interesting oybbk I didn't know what caused them.I remember seeing them in the same field when I was little and it scared me,probably shades of The Wizard of Oz,but haven't seen one for years.If I'd have been in that valley with you,I'd have been a bit scared.

It looks like we are right in line for the thunderstorms,if they materialize.grin

I don't know if we'll get another cut,it depends how much rain/sun we get and how long the summer lasts,it is possible.We've done over 40 acres already and it smells just lovely.

MySweetPrince Fri 12-Jul-13 13:54:26

It's not very nice here in Kent.........grey, cloudy and none too it going to clear soon........I have a long week-end booked and finish work at 3p.m...booked earlier in the week(worked later Mon,Tues and Weds) specifically to enjoy the warmer weather sad

Perihelion Fri 12-Jul-13 15:17:30

It seems Scotland has the highest temp again. Leuchers ( near St Andrews ) 27.9C. Edinburgh's officially 27.5C, my garden is 28.8C. WTF? Got a slight breeze so not as bonkers as Tuesday, but still......East Coast is usually cooler, but the wind's coming from the west. Too hot for DD to go out and play.
Mind you this will all go tits up as I've been shopping today to buy summer clothes.

digerd Fri 12-Jul-13 16:18:06

It was cloudy most of the morning and at noon in the shade it was only 23.
Now it's 25 so getting warmer.
Only 10 in the night, though.
Just hope we have a fresh breeze at the weekend as can't cope with muggy heat.

digerd Fri 12-Jul-13 16:33:44

It was only 13 at 6.45am when I was out with little dog. I wore my warmest pink summer jacket.

GFS is being much more accurate with the temp forecasts than the met office for this area. Was predicted to get to 24C and have reached the heady heights of 28c.

MSP, unfortunately the more east you are in Kent and the closer to the coast the more you are likely to be plagued with cloud and cool. I'm hopeful that if the heat continues that this will become less likely as the sea warms.

Sweltering here in Manchester, and worried about DS1 - he has a football match tomorrow lunchtime, then a football tournament in the afternoon.

And DD is at a Brownies event in Cheshire, all day - I hope they find shade.

DS1 has a football tournament on Sunday manky. sad

Storm threat is rescinded somewhat tomorrow. Temps do look very hot still. 32 c still seems fairly likely.

Campaspe Sat 13-Jul-13 07:53:54

Kitten, any chance of thunderstorms for the south west? You reckon we've got another 10 days of this do you? sad

Campaspe at the moment I can't really see any signs of a break down. Some cooler weather at times perhaps (coming weekend?) and the high pressure wobbles about a bit, bringing the hottest temps to different parts of the UK.
No sign of storms in your area - yet. Maybe the NE coast this afternoon and CS England looks interesting Wednesday.

Mirage Sat 13-Jul-13 12:37:52

We rode early today,before it got really hot,but it was still 22.5 at 9.40.The dds are currently in the big paddling pool and I'm planning to walk across the field with them later to swim in their cousin's outdoor pool.Will be interesting to see if we get the thunderstorms later.

digerd Sat 13-Jul-13 13:18:19

Hazy sunshine for a couple of hours now, but 30 in the shade.
Missing the fresh cool breeze we've had the last few days.
Went out with dog at 6.30 am and there was no breath of air confused
It was only 16 but as so muggy felt much hotter.

Did a bit of gardening in the shade until 10am, then it all got too warm and sweaty for me so have been indoors since with front door and back door open to get as much breeze as possible.

Will not be going out again until 7pm. Dog walks are all in the shade thensmile

digerd Sat 13-Jul-13 13:24:48

Sun keeps going in - and I am so relieved when it does- but not for long enough.

digerd Sat 13-Jul-13 15:23:06

Just got up from a 90 minute kip and still 30 degrees and sunny and not much breeze. Dog flaked out on her back, cooling her tummy from the bit of breeze coming through open doorssmile. Sun moved round to the back now. 27.5 in the sunless room though, but still cooler in than out.

Parmarella Sat 13-Jul-13 15:37:49

32 in the shade in Hants!

Tiny Bit of a breeze though.

Is it too hot to do a bbq? Can it be too hot to one? Will it be too hot for guests to sit on our patio?!

Shall we sit in paddling pool?
Delicious dilemmas

Mirage Sat 13-Jul-13 18:42:11

No storms here,there there a few spots of rain an a few rumbles at about 4.30,but nothing else.Car thermometer says 28.

digerd Sat 13-Jul-13 18:56:34

Clouds have all disappeared now. Little bit of breeze but it's a warm one. Took little dog out at 6.15 and even in the shade was too warm to walk - should have taken my spanish fan with me. Fluffy little dog was panting heavily so did just a short walk.
So looking forward to our 6.30 am walk in the cool air tomorrowsmile

Managed to get to 33C here. Quite warm really!

NoComet Sat 13-Jul-13 19:12:19

BBQ had turned into burgers in a frying pan as it's too hot out in the garden. The kitchen is out the sun this late and the blinds been down.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Sat 13-Jul-13 19:23:17

Nicely toasty here in Leicestershire car read 31. Dog unhappy outside & has laid on the floor tiles most of the day. Off to North Devon on Monday and crossing fingers it stays nice smile.

digerd Sat 13-Jul-13 19:59:58

Poor dogs in this heat, mine loves the cold winter.

digerd Sun 14-Jul-13 07:02:50

Just been out with little dog and it is already suffocating with no breath of air and much warmer than yesterday at this time. Little dog decided she'd had enough after 10 minutes and refused to go any further.
Where is the fresh breeze we've enjoyed last week? < just when I need it? confused>

Already 19c.
Not going to be so warm in Scotland, esp western side.

digerd Sun 14-Jul-13 15:34:03

When the sky cleared at 7am the air was fresh and clear. Managed to stay fresh until 2pm.
So what went wrong at 3pmconfused?
The fresh air has disappeared and is close and oppressive<sobs>
The sky has hazed over somewhat, so that must be the reason.?

It is pretty humid!

Some hints from GFS of a cool down at around the 23rd but there aren't enough indicators that will happen.

In the mean time el scorchio for most though fringe coastal counties could struggle a bit at times.

I told you so. The minute the schools break up-sheet rain/gales. You mark my words. Humph.

Honestly, it's just a little hint and GFS is famed for forecasting non existing breakdowns.

Mmmm. I am too scared to even dream that this summer will be dry. grin

I really really hope that this wasn't a result of the heat. sad

digerd Mon 15-Jul-13 09:14:32

Brilliant blue sky atm and air is clear and fresh. Could have a stronger breeze though.

Campaspe Mon 15-Jul-13 13:03:10

The heat is really getting me down. Had a fan on in my bedroom last night, but the temp didn't drop lower than 26°C sad

Have been toying with the idea of getting a mobile air con unit. Can anyone advise how they work, and if they are worth the money?

I haven't heard anything about droughts yet, but with no rain in sight at all, it can't be long before this becomes a problem. The thought of having to use stand pipes in this weather makes me shudder.

The enviroment agency monthly report here shows a positive picture for our water supply for the end of June despite the lower than average rainfall in June.
It will be interesting to see how things are at the end of this month.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 15-Jul-13 19:53:01

I've had my loft hatch open today and upstairs does feel much colder.

My basic scientific knowledge of warm air is that it rises, but someone has tried to blind me with science and tell me that I will just fill the house with warm air. Whatever science says, ds's are much more comfortable in their beds tonight smile

Schools here break up on Friday. I really hope that we get some good weather during the 6 weeks off.

StillSlightlyCrumpled Tue 16-Jul-13 21:56:05

We are on holiday in north devon & it's lovely. Misty in the mornings but quickly clearing. Had to go in the sea today to cool down! Amazing how fabulous a holiday in this country is when the sun is shining. Everyone is smiling smile.

Could reach 32C in some southern parts today, esp round the London area.

PseudoBadger Wed 17-Jul-13 08:08:00

Sod's law that I'm rather too pregnant for this heatwave sad
I'm working from home rather than use the tube this week.

digerd Wed 17-Jul-13 08:15:30

It is not the temperature but the suffocating, airless, closeness here in the SE. Forecast said "especially sticky in the SE".

No dog walkies possible in the afternoon and even at 6.30, the last few days , I have had to take a spanish fan with me to be able to breathe and little furry dog has been gasping/panting with mouth open and tongue out sad.
All we need is a fresh breeze, help! It was fine at 6.30 this morningsmile

amistillsexy Wed 17-Jul-13 08:20:17

Do you have any idea if this heat will carry on into the summer hols, oybbk?

We're going camping the first two weeks of august but I daren't book any campsites in case it's raining...I hate camping in the rain!

We have Bank Holiday week off in August amistillsexy. I daren't book anything.

digerd Wed 17-Jul-13 12:37:31

Been in the cold A/Ced dance hall all morning - it was LOVELY.
Emerged from it at 12pm to a furnace like blast of air from the outer opened doors and now back in my front room at 29 degrees .
Not a breath of air movement outside again, and am too warm indoors without a breeze from open doors.

Going for a kip in my bedroom which is 'only' 25 degrees as no sun through window yet and curtains almost drawn.

amistillsexy Wed 17-Jul-13 12:44:52

Sparkling We're meant to be heading to the seaside August BH week. I'm not even thinking about that one yet!

The last time we camped there, the gales were so strong we returned to the campsite to find our lovely bell tent in a puddle on the ground, and the pole snapped in two! The rest of the campsite was like a disaster area, with nylon tents ripped to shreds and belongings flying around everywhere.

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