UK weather latest: Downpours set to last ‘until end of August’

Posted: August 13, 2019 by oldbrew in Clouds, MET office, Natural Variation, News, weather

Credit: BBC

What happened to the ‘unprecedented’, ‘new normal’ hot weather that blew in from north Africa for a few days, then blew away again? Or was that just the media and warmist climate pundits shooting the breeze for yet another opportunistic headline? In any case it looks as if the Great British Summer is now back to its usual erratic self, but becoming somewhat wetter than the seasonal average.

Thunderstorms and heavy downpours are set to hit the UK this week, as Brits face what could be one of the wettest Augusts on record, says the Evening Standard.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in place for London and the south east on Monday, with the chance of flooding, travel disruption and power cuts, the Met Office warns.

Further north, a yellow weather warning will be in place overnight from Chester to Lancaster, as forecasters warn of heavy rain and further flood risks.

Regular heavy downpours could continue into the last week of the month – with potentially enough rainfall to make it the wettest August on record.

The previous high, in 1912, saw an average of 167.6mm across the country.

Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “It’s been pretty wet and it looks like it’s going to stay that way until the last week of August. Only then are we expecting to see a break in the clouds.”

Full article here.

  1. Phoenix44 says:

    “…potentially enough to make it the wettest August on record.”

    So tedious. Once again they will spin to “extreme weather”.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Re: ‘potentially enough rainfall to make it the wettest August on record.
    The previous high, in 1912, saw an average of 167.6mm across the country.

    – – –
    Solar cycle 14: ended in 1912/13 – hardly any sunspots.

    During the minimum transit from solar cycle 14 to 15, there were a total of 1023 days with no sunspots (the second highest recorded of any cycle to date).

    Where are we now? Transit from solar cycle 24 to 25 – hardly any sunspots.
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  3. David Brown says:

    Interesting that 167mm rain a month is such a big deal. In Beaumont, TX (USA) where I grew up, it was not uncommon to get get 167mm of rain in a day.

  4. ivan says:

    Any one for solar energy power generation in the UK?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Meanwhile, the BBC serves up this…er, cr@p.

    In yet another clear sign that the misty-eyed adulation of Greta Thunburg is definitely #NotACult, the BBC has done another fawning piece on the teenager, this time revealing the plastic bucket Greta will be pooing in for the next two weeks to stop the apparent imminent extinction of mankind. Greta will be pushing for a resolution at a New York Climate summit, to get there she’ll be crossing the Atlantic in a small ‘zero carbon’ sailing boat with no toilets.

    BBC shows world Greta’s poo bucket
    – – –
    The world is surely holding its nose breath. Try to focus on something else.

  6. Chuck says:

    August, cold and dank and wet
    Brings more rain than any yet.

    Song of the Seasons by Flanders and Swan

  7. Coeur de Lion says:

    Greta’s very expensive racing yacht is made entirely of fossil fuels. It will be a very uncomfortable ride. I expect she will be seasick. Going fast is bumpy in a boat like that. She won’t eat much and the poo bucket will be useful for vomit. She won’t be hot bunking, she’ll get a permanent canvas hammock berth. And probably lie in it all the way.
    We must watch for her return journey’s mode. Arreeoplane I wouldn’t wonder

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    In Medieval times believers wore hair shirts (to give homes for lice) and got themselves whipped.

  9. Dave Ward says:

    “Any one for solar energy power generation in the UK?”

    @ ivan – but look on the bright side: after weeks of rain those panels will be super clean, and ready to work at peak efficiency, when the sun does (eventually) shine…

  10. Graeme No.3 says:

    Dave Ward:

    Lots of Solar to come?

    Bleak September’s mist and mud,
    Is enough to chill the blood.
    Then October adds a gale,
    Wind and slush and rain and hail.
    Dark November brings the fog,
    Should not do it to a dog.

    Song of the Seasons by (English born & bred) Flanders and Swan.

  11. hunterson7 says:

    Isn’t the same Met that was pushing a hot dry summer just last spring?
    The miasma of climate catastrophist thinking leads the one afflicted to see doom no matter the weather.

  12. oldbrew says:

    The MetO was pushing the hot weather theme for the UK summer but it has fallen apart now.

    No El Nino either.

  13. ren says:


  14. ren says:

    Autumn will come to Europe early.

  15. oldbrew says:

    ren says…

    That sub-tropical heat didn’t last long – three days was it? Hardly the ‘new normal’ 😦

  16. ren says:

    Odbrew, NAO index is still negative. High pressure in the north.

  17. ren says:

    Sorry, Oldbrew.

  18. ren says:

    Solar activity very low.

  19. oldbrew says:

    UK weather forecast: Britons brace for downpours as nearly a month’s worth of rain to fall in just one day
    – – –
    It’s well under way already.

  20. ren says:

    There are no hurricanes in the Atlantic that can bring heavy rainfall to the north.

  21. oldbrew says:

    ren – it has been raining here in northern England for several hours now.
    – – –
    Severe weather heading to Britain today with month’s worth of rain expected
    16 Aug 2019 6:30 am

    Heavy rain is already lashing parts of the UK with more weather expected to hit most parts of the country today, the Met Office has warned. Forecasters have said that we could see as much as a month’s worth of rain throughout Friday, putting 2019 on track to be the wettest summer on record.

    The current system of weather has already hit this morning.

    Read more:

  22. ren says:

    Oldbrew, over North England is now a warm front that will move away in a few hours.

  23. ren says:

    Enjoy the rain, because in Poland the second year is drought.

  24. oldbrew says:

    Bad luck with the drought.

    PS that ‘warm front’ is over Scotland. Still raining here in Cheshire (northwest England).

  25. ren says:

    Oldbrew, there is a lot of moisture between the warm and cold fronts. It may rain until evening. Certainly there is no risk of flooding.

  26. ren says:

    Look at the radar.

  27. oldbrew says:

    Met Office Weather Warning (issued yesterday)

    Yellow warning of rain
    Areas affected: East Midlands | London & South East England | North West England | South West England | Wales | West Midlands | Yorkshire & Humber

    ACTIVE Started at: 08:00 BST on Fri 16 August Ends: 22:00 BST on Fri 16 August
    Heavy rain may lead to some travel disruption.

    – Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
    – Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
    – Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible
    – – –
    Still raining here, thundery showers due this evening then drying out around midnight.

  28. ren says:

    Heavy rainfall will raise water levels in the Wales mountain rivers.

  29. oldbrew says:

    River level
    River Severn at Welsh Bridge

    Latest recorded level 0.94m at 6:00pm Friday 16 August 2019…

    Forecast rise is not serious so far.

  30. oldbrew says:

    The forecast thundery showers didn’t happen, rain finally stopped around 7pm. Sunny and 20C today.