So after forecasts of a heatwave for over a week, the good weather began on Friday as high pressure built over the UK, and yesterday we hit this years high, in fact, the highest I have recorded since having my weather station (records began December 11 2011). The top temperature was 27.6c and was reached at 14.30, and it was by anybody’s reckoning a glorious summers day, we had wall to wall sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Many are in agreement that this will be our best weather since July 2007, and although there are signs that the weather may break down by the 15th this is not a certainty, and also even if it does it will not be a washout like we have had in recent years, and the weather should stay around average for the time of year. All will become clearer as we get closer to the time, all forecasts and models are more reliable a few days before hand. Check back for more info on what to expect over the next few weeks
Well the forecast snow certainly showed up! Sunday saw the first flurries, although we didn’t really have any lying snow until Monday/Tuesday, when we had around 2-3cms. After that we had a dry and very cold week, temperatures in NE32 fell as low as -6.6, before the snow made a huge return yesterday! If you follow us on twitter you will have seen our predictions from as early as last Monday that South Tyneside would see heavy snow on Friday night, and we certainly did. Around 6 inches fell yesterday, giving a lovely covering with snow that was just perfect for snowballs! Ireland/Wales and the Mildlands were forecast significant amounts of snow from a front coming in from the west, and a lot of people thought as this was not going to reach as far as us then we would not be in for snow; this was not the case, as our snow all came in from the North Sea. When the North Sea machine kicks off we tend to do really well snow wise, if the conditions are right the warm sea and the cold air make a great combination for us. We tend to do less well from frontal snow, (coming from the west) as by the time it gets over the Pennines there isn’t a lot left for us at times!
This weeks forecast will be put up tomorrow on the website, and we will also be returning to photo of the day, so if you have any photos of snow/sun whatever feel free to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Well as the kids are now on summer holidays I doubt I will get much of a chance to post on here, I will update as much as I can, and the weather station will still be uploading all data so do still check in!
Soooo, I’m guessing most people have heard of the jet stream, but aren’t entirely sure of what it does. As mentioned previously on this site the jet stream that we mention is the one that sits over the Atlantic and beyond. There are actually 4 jet streams around the globe, 2 in the northern hemisphere, and 2 in the south. They flow east to west, and as has been shown recently they can stray from their more “usual” path. The jet stream affecting us would normally at this time of year be sitting above the UK, dragging the low pressure systems above our shores and allowing high pressure (warmer and sunnier in summer) to build over us. As the jet stream has been sat to the south of the UK the low pressure systems, bringing with them rain, and basically doom and gloom, have been dragged right across the UK, with many of these slow-moving systems dumping massive, massive amounts of rainfall, hence this ridiculously wet weather we have been having. The jet stream moving north means England will experience much better weather as of next week, with temperatures climbing and rainfall dropping significantly. The North West of Scotland however can expect cooler temperatures and wet weather as the jet will bring low pressure over the top of the country.
It isn’t just the UK that has been unduly affected so far this year by the jet stream, North America are currently experiencing a drought, and have had record-breaking temperatures over the past few weeks, as the position of the jet stream has allowed high pressure to build over many states, bringing severe storms with it and extremely high temperatures. Russia has experienced devastating effects from flooding after large parts inundated with rain, with many deaths reported and devastating loss of infrastructure.
Back to us, and southern England will bask in better weather to begin with as the jet shifts, fingers crossed we won’t be too far behind and summer will finally kick in just in time for the summer holidays. Watch this space!!
Info taken from Paul Hudson @bbc