Today will be hot, and tomorrow even hotter
By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
Published: 04 August 2007
Stand by. Dig out the short-sleeved shirt. Here it comes; that yellow object in the sky we’ve nearly forgotten this summer – the sun. Britain is likely to see its hottest day of the year tomorrow as proper summer weather at last puts in an appearance.
Temperatures in London and the south-east are likely to hit 27C today, and climb up to a scarcely-believable-in-2007 peak of 29C during the course of Sunday.
Let’s be grateful for it, even if it’s hardly the best that summer can do. “It’s a bit pathetic really, isn’t it?” said a Met Office forecaster last night.
Contrast this weekend’s peak with last year, when we had just experienced in July 2006 the hottest month ever recorded in Britain, and on 19 July, the hottest-ever July day – when the mercury at Wisley, Surrey, reached 36.5C, beating a record that had lasted since 1911.
This year, after a wonderful start to the spring with the warmest-ever April, we have experienced our wettest summer ever but this weekend offers a brief respite.
Warm air from continental Europe, pushed up by southerly winds, will be covering the South and East of England during the weekend.
Unfortunately, north and west of the warm area the outlook isn’t so good, and from Monday onwards, southern England also goes back to what the Met Office last night referred to as “the rubbish weather” we have been experiencing for the last three months, with temperatures falling again and rain on the way.