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31
Jul
06:00


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Showers Becoming More Widespread

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The start of a downhill trend today as we head towards the weekend with showers in the northwest gradually becoming more widespread. Over the next few days low pressure will anchor itself over the UK bringing widespread showers or longer spells of rain to many areas, but we are hopeful of an improvement taking place again later in the weekend and as we go into next week.

Today will see a couple of weather systems moving south-eastwards, one across England and Wales and one across Scotland. However to start with it is mostly dry with some good sunny spells across much of southern and south-eastern England but for much of the rest of the UK there is a lot more in the way of cloud around with some showers already breaking out, especially towards the northwest. Those showers will tend to become more widespread today, especially across Scotland and Northern Ireland where some heavy, thundery downpours are likely at times. Elsewhere the showers will be fewer in number and lighter in nature, but we are watching for the possibility of some heavy showers breaking out across parts of southwest England, south Wales, the Midlands and into eastern parts of England this afternoon. The best chance of staying dry today will come across the far southeast of England and here is where the highest temperatures of 24°C to 26°C are expected, otherwise for many maximums in the high teens or low twenties are likely.

Showers will tend to ease away tonight with many places becoming dry with some clear spells developing, however a few showers will continue around northern and western coasts and as we go into tomorrow those showers will become more widespread, heavy and frequent, especially in the west, but once again southeast England may remain dry, bright and warm for much of the day.

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31
Jul
08:34


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (1)

Coming Up The Bristol Channel


Right, bit of a geeky weather lesson today seeing as you peeps enjoyed them so much last week.

Yesterday there were a few headaches at Metcheck Towers with regards to the developments today. The reason? Well, as you probably know for heavy showers/storms to develop you need a trigger. Usually this is in the form of heated land which forms a bubble and up it goes and voila! Other times it can be air which is forced to rise across higher ground which provides the initial upward motion. Today is the third possible trigger.....

Air acts pretty much like a fluid at ground level. Swirling around things, being forced up, down or funneled into areas. Today we see a trough move in from the West. That's cool and nothing strange about that. However, to the South-west the air is being blown in through the Bristol Channel which has the effect if squeezing the air at the surface and forcing it to rise (a bit like the Severn Bore but for air). As the air rises it engages with the upper trough and we could well see some impressive showers and thunderstorms develop across South Wales and later into the Cotswold area.

So, all eyes to the South-west and we will take a closer look once we see some developments.

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28
Jul
12:37


Metcheck Forecast Team Article Comments (4)

2014/15 Storm Names


Bit of a change coming this Autumn at Metcheck as we switch from using the German storm naming system to our own one.

The reason? Well last Winter we had an unprecedented run of Atlantic weather systems affect the UK and some of the storm names which were allocated just came across as a little errr strange?!

Many of the names which we used caught on in the public imagination and on social media but it was only the English sounding names which really worked.

So, we thought long and hard about it and decided that for this season we are going to run using our own naming convention. Better than that, YOU can suggest names for us to use and then once we allocate them we will use that name when its turn comes around.

So, take a look at the suggested names so far. We will start allocating the names in the next few days. Oh, and as for our German mates who provided us with names for the past few years? Dankeschön und auf Wiedersehen...

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