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Rain In Southwest Later

A dry and bright day is in store for much of the UK as a ridge of high pressure affects many areas. However the next Atlantic low pressure system is already on it's way and this will bring thickening cloud and eventually some rain into the southwest later in the day marking the beginning of another changeable period for the rest of the week.

For many parts it is a dry and chilly start to the day with plenty of sunshine around but there is more in the way of cloud lingering around across southern and south-western coastal regions with the odd shower over Cornwall. On the whole it will be a mostly fine day with further spells of warm sunshine but towards the southwest that cloud will tend to thicken up and eventually outbreaks of showery rain will move into southwest England and south Wales during this afternoon and the evening along with a freshening south/south-easterly wind. Temperatures for many parts will again be close to normal today and in the sunshine it will feel a fair better warmer than of late, especially in the east.

That cloud and patchy rain will continue to move north-eastwards across many areas tonight, the heaviest of the rain towards the northwest with southern parts of England seeing minimal amounts. The far northeast of Scotland will remain fine and chilly though, and clearer conditions with a few scattered showers will follow the rain band into the southwest. Looking ahead to tomorrow and that rain will eventually become confined to the far north and east with most other regions seeing a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, most of the showers in the northwest where it will be windy.

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Turning More Settl.... Oh Hang On.

Well, the second half of August has certainly been a bit of a wake up call with regards to how quickly it feels Summer can end eh?

For the rest of this week we will find Low Yvonne slowly dragging herself away to the East whilst another area of low pressure (Low Zachary) will push in from the West bringing rain and some stronger winds across Western areas later on Wednesday.

Once again Zachary looks like hanging around to the East of the UK and dragging in cooler air from the North. This seems a pretty relentless pattern over the last month or so and could well be one to watch as we head into Autumn.

Hurricane Cristobal is out in the Atlantic too and is causing havoc with the weather models. It is unlikely Cristobal will have any direct affect on the UK weather (unlike ex-Bertha). But the track and intensity he takes will dictate whether high pressure returns for the start of September. Even though we are expecting a return to more settled conditions next week, think warmish days with chilly nights and overnight mist and fog... not scorchio by any means.

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Signs Of Improvement

Nope, we don't mean with the Metcheck forecasters sense of humour sadly, but tentative signs now of high pressure building across the UK during the first week of September. Strangely enough, the main driving factor of high pressure building is in fact remnants of Hurricane Cristobal which races across the Atlantic but heads North towards Iceland.

You see, this is natural physics in action. Low pressure will force air to rise which is great.. but that air has to go somewhere. Imagine when you were younger and you would dig holes (perhaps you're still doing this?) in the ground and then throwing the soil out. Eventually it will form a mound of dirt, on one side if it is windy enough. In the atmospheres case this is air. The air being sucked up by Hurricane Cristobal is deflected to the East of it and in turn builds an area of high pressure with all that descending air. The one difference between a transient high (which Cristobal creates) and something like the Azores high (semi-permanent) is that transient highs tend to get moved along rather quickly by any incoming area of low pressure from the West.

So, that's next weeks weather in a nutshell, high pressure building in from the West but expect a few complications as transient high pressure areas are reliant on the exact track and intensity of what is creating them.

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