So usually we hear of a Hurricane or ex Hurricane heading towards our shores and we picture Heavy rain, strong winds etc etc
However Gert is expected to head to the North of the UK and whilst its effects may be felt by those in Scotland it will allow the Azores high to ridge up towards Southern areas bringing fine, Sunny and possibly Hot weather to many in England & Wales.
So when is this fine weather arriving?
Well unusually the timing looks like falling just when most people would like it. Yep the weekend.
Saturday could see temps hit 22-23c with 24-26c on Sunday. It doesn’t end there though, Thanks to the push from Gert the high pressure looks like staying on the scene and the beginning of next week will see temps rise even further with 27-28c being enjoyed by some.
So here’s to Gert and some nice weather. Finally!
Nearly 3 Minutes of total darkness doesn’t sound particularly amazing however when it happens in the day its quite a sight.
To watch the day turn to night in the middle of the day, to see stars and planets come out if even for just an instant, seems inexplicable, magical even.
The darkness during the upcoming total solar eclipse Aug. 21 will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds along the path of totality.
Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe – including the UK – will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun.
However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes.
More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.
Image Credit: GreatAmericanEclipse.com
Sadly Brits won’t get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.
It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 – but make sure you’re in a spot where there’s no cloud.
The brightest meteor shower is about to happen, and you don’t want to miss it!
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky.
These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface.
What’s even more exciting, a meteor shower is about to take place on 12th of August, 2017, but it’s not just a regular meteor shower. Astronomers suppose that this will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history! It will magically light up the sky, and some of them might be visible even during the daytime.
You just don’t want to miss this. Why? Because probably you won’t be alive in another 96 years to wait for the next one.
So called The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.
The wet weather is well and truly underway with things only set to get worse over the next 3-6hours.
In total as much as 80mm of rain could fall which to put in perspective the average for the entire month is just 48mm in London.
Currently there are 2 flood warnings and 5 flood alerts in place however with much of the rain still yet to fall these numbers are set to rise rapidly.
To keep an eye on the flood warnings in your are make sure you check out the Flood Information Service
Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say.
The number is 50 times more deaths than reported now, the study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal said.
Heat waves would cause 99% of all weather-related deaths, it added, with southern Europe being worst affected.
Experts said the findings were worrying but some warned the projections could be overestimated.
If nothing is done to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to improve policies to reduce the impact against extreme weather events, the study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre says:
- Deaths caused by extreme weather could rise from 3,000 a year between 1981 and 2010 to 152,000 between 2071 and 2100
- Two in three people in Europe will be affected by disasters by 2100, against a rate of one in 20 at the start of the century
- There will be a substantial rise in deaths from coastal flooding, from six victims a year at the start of the century to 233 a year by the end of it
The research analysed the effects of the seven most dangerous types of weather-related events – heat waves, cold snaps, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods and windstorms – in the 28 EU countries as well as Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.
Wondered where the summer is? Well look no further than Southern Europe where temperatures are so hot even the sea temperature… Yes the sea water temperature is up to an incredible 30 celcius!
Night temps have been breaking records in a number of places too with over 35c seen in recent nights.
And then there is the daytime temperatures which are not just boiling but are widespread across the region from Turkey through the balkans into Italy the South of France and Spain all hitting highs over 40c. locally we may even see over 45c today.
These hot temps over land have triggered some monster thunderstorms in recent days with 100’s of lightning strikes per minute, Mammoth sized hail, Tornado’s and lots and lots of monsoon like rainfall with more similar storms expected!
Watch Extreme Hail storm in Turkey
Forest fires have also been widespread with many evacuations ordered in various places affecting not only locals but tourists also.
And when cooler weather does move in people close to the coast will still be at risk of huge thunderstorms as the extremely high sea temperatures will likely create severe instability in the atmosphere.
So if you wondered where Summer got to there you have it. But remember if your out in the Heatwave be sure to seek shelter from the sun at regular intervals, Sunscreen a plenty and keep hydrated.
Wildfires have ravaged parts of France and the island of Corsica as thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in prime holiday hotspots and more than 3,000 hectares of land have been destroyed.
The French fire service reported that 10,000 people have been evacuated after the fires ravaged the south of the country.
Blazes overnight caused chaos in southern France, including the Var and Vaucluse areas, the town of Carros and also northern Corsica.
Desperate France has asked the European Union for help by supplying ten Canadair water bombers to battle the out of control flames.
More than 2,000 firefighters and 19 aeroplanes have been mobilised to deal with the vicious flames across the nation.
The fires are spreading in the peak month for summer holidays in France.
A fresh blaze is burning in Bormes-les-Mimosas, near the popular resort of Saint-Tropez.
British holidaymakers at the region’s Camp du Domaine campsite were among those evacuated.
Tourists in 1,000 camping plots were forced to leave a the fire rapidly spread.
But British tourists are warned in official travel advice about the incidences of fires in the area.
The FCO said: “Forest fires can occur anywhere in southern France during the summer months but especially along the Mediterranean coast and on Corsica.
“French authorities may evacuate areas and close roads for safety reasons.
“Be vigilant, make sure you’re familiar with local emergency procedures and follow the advice of local authorities.”
Saturday has seen the UK faced with downpours over much of us as low pressure dominates.
After what has been such a promising start to the UK things have finally turned to a more typical UK summer.
Today we have seen the occasional thunderstorm, strong winds and numerous downpours.
Currently there is a thunderstorm in the North West and the forecast is for more to break out over the next few hours.
The UK has seen one of the most dramatic 24 hour periods of Thunderstorms for many years with well over 100,000 recorded strikes at the time of writing (3am) in just the last 24 hours!
The Lightning strikes are far from over yet however and the final number from this spell of severe weather could finish at over 250,000 strikes.
The unprecedented barrage of Lightning has come about from hot moist air pushing North from our near neighbours aided by an area of low pressure that has brought instability into the mix.
Its not just the Lightning making the headlines as flash flooding has caused misery for thousands especially those in Coverack, Cornwall which saw a wall of water flood down through the village not dissimilar to the flash flooding in Boscastle back in 2004.
Throughout the remainder of the day Thunderstorms currently active are expected to continue to move northwards before we see a return to warm if not hot weather in the Midlands & South East which could trigger yet more lively thunderstorms later in the day.
Yup you guessed it, the summer is fast approaching and the stories of a BBQ summer are mounting up.
So is there any genuine forecasting behind it…
Well, No. At such distance long range forecasts have a success rate that is about as accurate as you or me saying its going to be 28celcius for 5 days in the final week of July and getting it right.
The Met Office tends to pick up on trends that may increase the likelihood of one outcome or another but as we saw from the Winter just gone in the UK, Numerous pointers towards a colder than average winter failed to deliver. Like the guys at the Met Office themselves say, Just because something favours one outcome it doesn’t mean that its the only possibility.
So if you want to stay in the know for the summer take anything past around 10days with a pinch of salt.
Still im sure many of us are hoping The Express and co who have us down for the HOTTEST SUMMER since records began may get lucky.