After much debate over whether we will have to endure another washout summer, and it did actually look like a bit of a damp squib until recently, it is now fairly certain that from the end of this week at least we shall experience some glorious summer weather. All charts now seem to be in agreement that from around Friday temperatures will rise and blue skies and sunshine are on they way, and could actually stick around for a while. Some say we could have the hottest July temperatures since 2006, which I have to say would be very welcome after last years washout. The chart below gives a brilliant indication of what is to come:
That chart is for the 10th July, so you can see how well the UK is looking for this time. Let’s just hope it continues until autumn, and is followed by a nice snowy winter!
The reason the weather is set to improve is again down to the position of the jet stream, which is set to head well north of the UK, allowing high pressure to build from the continent. This picture is taken from Matt Hugo, and shows the position of the jet stream and how it allows the high pressure to reach us:
In summer, high pressure from the continent brings warmth and summery weather, whereas in winter it brings cold and snow. Weather systems from the Atlantic (low pressure), regardless of season bring with them wind and rain, and while we would expect these kind of weather systems to dominate through autumn or springtime, the position of the jet stream over the past few years has meant we have had Atlantic weather a lot more than usual, and this caused a lot of the flooding throughout last year. In short, if everyone blows north we may be able to keep the jet stream well clear of us, and the summery weather will remain!