High enough for you? Britain faces two weeks of sun with mild 80F heat and patches of rain after Storm Debby brings blistering heatwave to crashing end
- Poor weather continues to batter UK with temperatures sinking to near freezing (32.5F) in Northern Ireland
- Mild weather was seen in Bristol this morning as more than 300 hot air balloons taking of in 62F temperatures
- East coast is the warmest part of the UK today, with the mercury set to peak at 70F (24C) in Great Yarmouth
After the blistering heat of the early week, Britain remains cooler today with temperatures dipping to the low 50s across the country.
The east coast is the warmest part of the UK today, with the mercury set to peak at 70F (24C) in Great Yarmouth, but Storm Debby has battered other parts of the UK, with the temperature almost hitting freezing in Northern Ireland.
Katesbridge in County Down was the coldest place in the UK, with temperatures dropping to 32.5F (0.3C).
More than 300 colourful balloons take off over Bristol at dawn this morning
The 40th Balloon Fiesta which is held Ashton Court Estate, Bristol, near perfect conditions saw more than 300 balloons take to the air, watched by thousands across the city
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta celebrates it’s 40th year: the first mass ascent of the 2018 festival gets underway at dawn this morning
Balloons take to the skies over the iconic Bristol Clifton Suspension Bridge during the festivals 40th anniversary
Bristol Balloon Festival this morning, for the fortieth anniversary various ‘special shaped’ were balloons were created
Showers swept the the north and Scotland this morning, but the southwest remained dry and bright as more than 130 hot air balloons flew over Bristol for their International Balloon Fiesta, that was pushed back from last night due to poor weather yesterday.
The remarkable turnaround in conditions from 92F (33C) heat last week began on Thursday and ended a 47-day consecutive run of somewhere in the UK getting to at least 75F (24C) as people across the country swap their sun cream and hats for umbrellas and coats.
But the blue skies aren’t set to remain, and cloud will feed across southwest England and Wales this afternoon, bringing wet and windy weather to the festival.
More bad weather is set to remain overnight as outbreaks of rain spread north-eastwards with heavy showers and thunderstorms in the southwest.
A rainbow balloon just feet from the ground as thousands watch hundreds of balloons over the city
More than 130 balloons take to the skies over Bristol this morning but the ‘near perfect’ conditions aren’t set to remain
Dozens of balloons are spotted over Bristol as the festival shows off an array of colours over the city’s skies
Hot Air Ballons in Bristol get ready for take-off in clear blue skies this morning
A anana balloon sits in the forefront of an array of colourful balloons in the sky
Balloons fly over leafy Bristol as the city celebrates the 40th year
The UK faces showers and winds sweeping across the nation from the west for the next 15 days after the remnants of Tropical Storm Debby halted the heatwave, which is set to continue until October.
Met Office forecaster Emma Smith said: ‘Storm Debby is coming over from the Atlantic and its remnants are expected to hit the UK this weekend. It is coming from the tropics, so temperatures will remain very humid over the next few days.
‘However, there will be heavy showers and thunder, especially in northern and western parts of the UK on Saturday. This will become more widespread during the later parts of the day. Wet and windy weather will continue through till Sunday evening.’
Stormy clouds chase away the blue skies of London as the heatwave is well and truly ended with thunder, lightning and showers over the capital yesterday
People huddle under their umbrellas as they boat down the River Cam in Cambridge below others sheltering from the downpour while walking across the bridge yesterday
Temperatures are expected to peak at 73F (23C) this weekend, with tomorrow forecast to be marginally warmer than today
Tomorrow will then be damp for many with heavy rain possible – although it will be drier in the south east, where temperatures for the weekend are expected to peak at about 73F (23C).
The wet conditions have brought some much-needed relief to parts of southern and central England which have spent the equivalent of around two months of 2018 without any recorded rainfall.
Southeast England clocked up 64 days of zero average rainfall between January and July, while central England had 54 days. The last time both regions had a higher number of rain-free days in this period was the mid-1990s.
By the end of the month, the weather will become dry again but with occasional thunderstorms.
Two women walk across Tower Bridge in the heavy rain in London yesterday afternoon as the capital is hit by bad weather
Pedestrians run for cover as a sudden rain shower hits Uxbridge in West London amid bad weather in the capital yesterday
Women run for cover as the rain pelts central London during yesterday afternoon’s downpour, leaving the capital’s commuters and workers soaked
Branded balloons get ready to take-off across Bristol
More than 300 balloons flew across Bristol this morning
How Britain’s temperatures got above 75F for 47 days in a row during the prolonged heatwave
The top temperature somewhere in Britain reached over 75F (24C) for 47 days in a row during the prolonged heatwave.
Of those 47 days, some 29 saw temperatures of at least 85F (29.4C), while ten got all the way to at least 90F (32C).
However, the record ended yesterday when Plymouth in Devon was the hotspot, but only made it up to 74.1F (23.4C).
The hottest day of 2018 was broken six times within the period – including on four days in a row in June.
The lowest reading in the 47-day period was 75.2F (24C) on July 28, while the highest was 95.2F (35.1C) two days earlier.
Here are the top temperatures recorded in Britain on each of the past 47 days:
June 23: 76.3F (24.6C)
June 24: 79.7F (26.5C)
June 25: 86.2F (30.1C)
June 26: 87.4F (30.8C)
June 27: 89.4F (31.9C)
June 28: 91.4F (33C)
June 29: 90.5F (32.5C)
June 30: 85.1F (29.5C)
July 1: 90F (32.2C)
July 2: 88.2F (31.3C)
July 3: 86.2F (30.1C)
July 4: 84.4F (29.1C)
July 5: 88.6F (31.2C)
July 6: 88.5F (31.4C)
July 7: 88.7F (31.5C)
July 8: 90.3F (32.4C)
July 9: 86.9F (30.5C)
July 10: 79.3F (26.3C)
July 11: 81F (27.2C)
July 12: 79.7F (26.5C)
July 13: 82.6F (28.1C)
July 14: 85.3F (29.6C)
July 15: 87.4F (30.8C)
July 16: 88.7F (31.5C)
July 17: 78.4F (25.8C)
July 18: 80.2F (26.8C)
July 19: 84.3F (29.1C)
July 20: 83.1F (28.4C)
July 21: 84.4F (29.1C)
July 22: 85.6F (29.8C)
July 23: 91.9F (33.3C)
July 24: 88.5F (31.4C)
July 25: 89.6F (32C)
July 26: 95.2F (35.1C)
July 27 – 94.5F (34.7C)
July 28 – 75.2F (24C)
July 29 – 76.3F (24.6C)
July 30 – 79.2F (26.2C)
July 31 – 78.4F (25.8C)
August 1 – 80.4F (26.9C)
August 2 – 87.1F (30.6C)
August 3 – 91.8F (33.2C)
August 4 – 85.6F (29.8C)
August 5 – 86.4F (30.2C)
August 6 – 90.5F (32.5C)
August 7 – 91.8F (33.2C)
Yesterday – 78.1F (25.6C)
This year’s run of 47 days with temperatures over 75F (24C) was unusual for Britain – but just missed out on the record.
That is held by 1995 which saw a 53-day period from July 5 to August 26 when the mercury hit at least 75F (24C).
In comparison, the famous heatwave summer of 1976 saw 15 days in a row when temperatures hit at least 89.7F (32C).
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