GMB weather: 'Today is summer and it's not likely to stick around'
Sun lovers packed beaches to enjoy a brief taste of summer yesterday. Thousands flocked to the coast as the country got a reminder of what a heatwave feels like and there was hardly room to move among the beach towels at Swanage in Dorset.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said for most it was “warmer than August has given us so far”. The far west of Scotland and East Anglia got the best of the heat but there was balmy weather for most.
The mercury hit 28C in the warmest spots, but it was widely 25C.
However, it was short-lived… as rain was set to arrive in some parts of the country as early as last night. And we woke up to a fresher feel this morning as a cooler front moved in – bringing with it even more showers.
Further north today some will be “heavy and thundery”, and while the far east of England may hang onto the warmth a little longer even that could trigger some sharp downpours.
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But it is not all bad news, meteorologists say we are actually where we should be for this time – 20C to 22C.
Mr Snell told the Daily Express: “For most of us it’s going to be a weekend of sunshine and scattered showers with temperatures where they should be for the time of year.”
This year’s summer has brought nothing but disappointment for families on school holidays. After a sizzling June, we have endured high winds, below-average temperatures, thunderstorms and heavy rain.
The washout here contrasts with large swathes of Europe being in the grip of a dangerous heatwave with temperatures above 40C.
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