11.30am UK weather forecast – Odds slashed on wettest September EVER despite 26C Indian Summer predictions
BOOKIES are slashing the odds on the UK having the wettest September ever despite 26C Indian Summer forecasts.
A blast of hot weather had been on the cards for Britain with "above average" temperatures expected later this month.
The balmy weather will follow highs of 22C sunshine this week, with another warm and dry weekend ahead.
But the fickle British weather has changed its tune, with downpours soaking people hoping to enjoy the last of the summer weather.
Leading bookmaker Coral has said this has led them to cut their odds on this month ending as the wettest September on record to 2-1 (from 4-1).
The firm makes it 5-4 for 2020 to be the wettest year of all time.
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ODDS CUT ON WETTEST SEPTEMBER ON RECORD
Leading bookmaker Coral has cut their odds on this month ending as the wettest September on record to 2-1 (from 4-1).
The firm makes it 5-4 for 2020 to be wettest year of all time.
“With heavy rain on its way over the next few days, we have slashed our odds in half on this month ending as the wettest September on record,” said Coral’s John Hill.
“After one of the wettest Augusts since records began, we could be on course for a record wet year in 2020 and that is reflected in the betting,” added Hill.
The full Corn Moon which lit up the sky last night and was admired from most of the UK.
But tonight will see it peak.
A full moon occurs when the whole side of the moon facing the Earth is lit up by the sun’s rays.
NASA explained: “The next full moon will peak after midnight on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 2020, appearing “opposite” the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 1:22 am. EDT.
September's Full Moon is so called because it appears around the same time that farmer's harvest corn crops.
A weather front will arrive off the Atlantic this evening, bringing thick clouds and rain overnight.
Heavy downpours and strong winds are expected across the UK this week, with up to 42mm of rainfall forecast in the north west on Thursday.
UK BRACES FOR FLOODS WITH HEAVY RAIN AND 50MPH WINDS TO HIT
Brits face possible flooding as heavy downpours and winds of over 50mph strike with the Met Office having put a yellow warning in place.
The first day of September was dry for most in the UK but that is set to change today with rain spreading eastwards.
BBC forecaster Ben Rich said we'll see “outbreaks of pretty heavy rain” and some “fairly brisk winds”, with satellites showing a blanket of “rain bearing cloud” moving in.
Western Scotland and Northern Ireland have already seen downpours overnight and it will move across the country “quite erratically and sporadically”, according to the meteorologist.
Friday will be cloudy in England and Wales but wet in the south.
It will be breezy with showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Saturday will start largely fine and dry with spells of sunshine.
However, outbreaks of rain will develop later in Northern Ireland and western Scotland. There will be moderate winds
Anyone knocking about outside this morning will notice a chill in the air.
That's no surprise because in the UK temperatures fell as low as five degrees overnight as summer comes to an end and colder weather sets in
Temperatures will begin to climb through the morning, reaching 14C in the southwest and 13C in the north of England, though remaining at 10C in London.
The west of England is expected to see a high of 18C as well as outbreaks of rain that will move steadily eastwards.
The north of England will also see a high temperature of 18C, while in Scotland the maximum is expected to be 16C.
In Scotland conditions were expected to be slightly warmer than usual, remaining in double figures in the north and above 12C in Edinburgh.
WHY DO STORMS HAVE NAMES?
The Met Office decided to start giving storms names back in 2014, in the same way they do in America.
By doing so, it hopes people will be more aware of the storms and of how dangerous they can be.
They think it will be easier to follow the progress of a storm on the TV, radio, or on social media, if it has a name.
Derrick Ryall, from the Met Office, said: “We have seen how naming storms elsewhere in the world raises awareness of severe weather before it strikes.”
Pictured: Waves crash into the Heugh Breakwater on the Headland, Hartlepool, County Durham
WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY
The Met Office weather forecast for Wednesday, September 2, says: “A fine but chilly start, but soon warming up as sunny spells develop during the morning.
“Gradually becoming cloudier and breezier later, with occasional rain spreading eastwards into the evening.
“Maximum temperature 22 °C.”
STORMS SET TO BATTER BRITAIN FROM SEPTEMBER 2020 TO AUGUST 2021
STORM AIDEN FIRST TO BATTER THE UK THIS WINTER
Storm Aiden will be the first cyclone to batter the UK this winter as the Met Office releases its full list of storm names for the coming year.
Bella, Darcy, Gavin, Saidhbhin and Wilson are just some of the other storm names picked by the Met Office for next year's dangerous weather.
For five years, the most serious storms have been named to help keep Brits safe and raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.
Storms are given names when they are likely to trigger amber or red weather warning and cause devastation across the country.
FULL MOON TONIGHT
Full harvest moon behind St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay
The full moon in Weymouth, Dorset
The full moon rises over a farmer's field in Chesterton, Warwickshire
The moon over Glasgow, Scotland
SEPTEMBER IS LOOKING MIXED
Sara Thornton, director of digital weather company Weathertrending, told The Sun Online: “September’s looking mixed.
“There are no clear indications of any particularly warm weather yet, but with plenty of heat resident further south across Europe, it wouldn’t take much for us to receive a late burst of high temperatures from across the Channel.
“Some fine, crisp autumn days are likely, but before mid-month there are signs of a particularly wet and windy spell arriving.”
PLEASANT WEATHER IN THE WEEK
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon, told the Sun Online: “There will be pockets of pleasant weather in the week, with warm and drier weather expected on the weekend.
“Although there is a rain warning covering one area, there will be plenty of dry conditions around and any sunshine will certainly feel warm.”
WINDY AUGUST AS STORMS ELLEN AND FRANCIS HIT
Storms Ellen from August 19 to 21 and Francis on August 25 brought gusts of 46 to 58mph across inland areas and 58 to 70mph across exposed coastal locations, the Met Office said.
Wind speeds reached 79mph at Capel Curig, Wales, during Storm Ellen and 81mph at Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight from Storm Francis.
The Met Office said: “There were two named storms in August in quick succession that brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.
“These were two of the most notable August storms in the UK in the last 50 years but were not unprecedented.”
Pictured: People walking along the windy seafront at Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
ICE SHEETS ARE MELTING AT 'WORST-CASE SCENARIO SPEEDS'
Meltin Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are living up to the United Nation's worse case sea level rise scenario, according to researchers.
The ice sheets contain enough frozen water to make sea levels rise 65 metres.
This would leave a lot of homes all over the world underwater.
According to a report in Nature Climate Change, ice loss between 2007 to 2017 matched up with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) worse case estimates.
At this rate, up to nearly 16 inches could be added to sea levels by 2100.
That's just under half a metre.
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CLIMATE ACTION IS EUROPE'S 'ROADMAP' OUT OF COVID-19 CRISIS, TOP OFFICIAL SAYS
The European Union will redouble efforts to meet its green goals to help mitigate the economic havoc caused by the coronavirus crisis, its top climate official said on Tuesday.
The EU is gearing up for a few months of climate policymaking.
It is due to unveil a tougher 2030 emissions-cutting target, a strategy to curb methane emissions, and new plans to clean up the financial, chemicals and buildings sectors by the end of the year.
EU climate chief Frans Timmermans said the pandemic had not dampened these plans, despite plunging the bloc into its worst economic recession.
“As uncertainty grows, so does the pressure on governments to provide quick fixes. Yet here we are, not just maintaining our ambitions, but doubling down on the Green Deal,” he said, referring to the bloc's plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
“It was our growth strategy, and now it is also our roadmap out of this crisis.”
UK TO SEE HIGHS OF 22C THIS WEEK
The UK is to see temperatures rise as high as 22C this week.
The forecast comes amid renewed expectations of warm weather throughout September.
Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, told the Sun Online that the south of England in particular will see dry weather this week.
He added: “Temperatures during the first half of next week could reach the mid 20Cs and even in the northern half of the UK it may be pleasantly warm for a time.”
The bookies have already cut odds for a scorching September from 5/2 to just 6/4 as temperatures rise.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It's looking more and more likely Brits will be treated to record-breaking September sunshine.”
SCOTLAND EXPERIENCED A SUNNIER THAN AVERAGE AUGUST
The only region to experience a sunnier than average August in the UK was north Scotland with 119% of its average sunshine at 139.7 hours, the Met Office said.
The hot weather also triggered torrential downpours in August that saw 30mm to 60mm falling in just a few hours making up considerable proportions of monthly totals in single shower, it added.
Pictured: Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Bank Holiday Monday
UK SAW BELOW AVERAGE SUMMER SUNSHINE DESPITE 'MAJOR' HEATWAVE
Despite being hit by a “major summer heatwave” the UK saw below average sunshine for the season, the Met Office has said.
The mercury rose to 36.4C (97F) at Heathrow and Kew Gardens on August 7 during the heatwave, making it the hottest August day since 2003.
But while much of the UK saw above average mean temperatures in August the Met Office on Tuesday said that more unsettled weather at the start and end of the month balanced the average out.
WHEN DOES AUTUMN 2020 START?
Autumn begins this year on September 22, according to the Met Office, but there are varying definitions of when it officially begins.
Fall – as Americans call it – will run until just before Christmas on December 21, when it will become winter.
The interpretation that Autumn begins on September 22 is the astronomical date.
Read more here
WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT
The Met Office weather forecast for this evening and overnight says: “Dry during the evening and overnight.
“Light winds and further clear spells will allow a few mist and fog patches to form, while sheltered rural areas in particular will also become rather chilly by the end of the night.
“Minimum temperature 5 °C.”
RELAXING ON A SUNNY DAY
People enjoy a sunny weather first of September in Greenwich Park, London, after a few wet and cloudy days.
AUGUST 'WON'T BE REMEMBERED' IN TERMS OF WEATHER
The Met Office has said that August and summer 2020 won't be remembered for being “particularly prominent” in terms of weather, despite some notable weather events.
It said: “Despite several notable weather events, neither the month of August nor the summer as a whole for 2020 will be remembered for being particularly prominent from a climatological point of view.”
August saw both heatwaves and named storms.
HEAVY RAIN ON THE WAY TONIGHT
Heavier rain will be arriving tonight, with a spell of raining reaching Northern Ireland by day break.
It will be very wet in the southwest of Scotland tomorrow, where there is also a weather warning in place.
Tomorrow will be a windier day for Brits across the UK, says BBC Meteorologist Nick Miller.
'A FINE TUESDAY EVENING'
The Met Office has said that it will be a fine Tuesday evening for most of us in Britain weather-wise.
But as always, it will be cloudier towards the northwest of the country with a few splashes of rain in places here.
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