Where Did The Heatwave Go?
By Paul Homewood
I know I sipped a bit of whisky last week, but I thought I had not imagined it!
There were several forecasts from the Met Office about how warm it would turn, come the middle of this week. This is what their blog had to say last week:
For the weekend, the high pressure means many places should enjoy some periods of sunshine and temperatures a few degrees above average. However, in the north there will still be some unsettled weather around, especially on Saturday.
After that and there is the potential for things to turn hot for the beginning of next week. Deputy Chief Operational Meteorologist Laura Paterson said: “An area of low pressure looks likely to drag air up from the south across the UK. Despite being a week ahead, temperatures of 30-32°C look more likely than not across some southern parts of the UK on Monday and Tuesday and there is a chance that even northern parts of the UK could see temperatures into the high 20s Celsius. Next week’s hotter weather does not look likely to last for long though with a thundery breakdown and eventual transition to cooler conditions expected by around the middle of the week.”
Oh good, thought I, shivering in the glens, at least we can have a barbie when I get home.
Even as recently as Sunday. the Telegraph was still forecasting:
But where oh where did the promised heatwave go?
Now to be fair, it has been pleasantly warm and sunny, and I did get my barbie, but nothing like the heatwave forecast. Just the sort of weather you would normally expect to see in August.
According to the Met Office, the highest temperatures recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday were 26.9C and 27.4C, both at Kinlochewe, deep in the Torridon mountains of the Scottish Highlands. A glance at the map suggests this may have been due to a Fohn effect.
Certainly many parts of the country never got anywhere near 27C, and the weather has already started going downhill.
Either way, the Met Office forecast of 32C was a long way from reality.