Gloucestershire weather forecast: Pleasant feel after soggy start
THE last but one weekend of October is here and by and large it's an improvement on recent days.
High pressure will build in from the near continent and that will allow settled conditions on Saturday with plenty of sunshine and light winds.
Temperatures will respond and climb to 13-15C (56-59F) and it will feel pleasant after a foggy start in places.
It will be dry overnight into Sunday with lows of 7-10C (45-50F) and dry for part of the day before a warm front brings cloud and rain or drizzle in from the continent. Temperatures will be around 12-15C (54-59F).
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The rain will clear away by Monday and it will be warmer with highs of 16-18C (61-64F) in a southerly airflow although rather cloudy at times. Beyond that it will turn cooler as the week progresses with some showers.
So this week it is straight to the archive and a look back 25 years to October 1987 at the infamous storm that battered the south-east corner of Britain.
On October 15 a depression developed over the Bay Of Biscay and moved toward the channel. During the evening it rapidly deepened, moved up the channel and then turned left inland.
That evening was very windy over most of the south but after midnight the wind strengthened firstly to storm force and then hurricane force and wreaked havoc in a line from the Isle of Wight to the Wash. Gusts of over 100mph were recorded and the highest was 120mph at Gorlestone (Norfolk). The net result was utter devastation everywhere – 15 million trees blown over and buildings either severely damaged or completely collapsed. Six of the mighty oak trees at Sevenoaks were toppled and Winston Churchill's beloved Chartwell was devastated. Shanklin pier on the Isle of Wight was blown down and WW2 shrapnel was found embedded in snapped-off tree trunks at Ealing (Middlesex). Daylight on the 16th saw transport at a halt with no trains into London and Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire emergency services having their busiest night since the war.