Say goodbye to a glorious summer
IT's time to say goodbye to the best summer in seven years, according to the Met Office.
The weather over the weekend in Gloucestershire has had echoes of summer and autumn.
When the sun was out, it was like a summer's day.
But, with cloud cover, it felt decidedly brisk.
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Spectators at Kingsholm stadium, Gloucester, were in short-sleeves and enjoying the warmth in the first half on Saturday.
But the second half, saw fans reach for their jackets and jumpers as a chill wind blew across the stadium as Gloucester were beaten 22-16 by Sale Sharks.
And in Pittville Park on Sunday afternoon, families and couples were sitting out in the sun in light clothing – until the clouds rolled in and they too put on autumn clothing.
However, temperatures will climb this week, reaching 18C on Thursday but the heatwave is well and truely behind us.
On Monday, it will be mostly dry with sunny spells, although there may be a few showers.
For Tuesday to Thursday, it should remain dry in the county although the odd shower can't be ruled out as temperatures range from about 16C to 18C.
Craig Snell from the Met Office said there is unlikely to be any return to the heatwave: “'For the UK as a whole, this has been the warmest summer since 2006 and overall it was ranked the equal ninth warmest since 1910, so it was notably warmer but not exceptional.
“It was the driest summer since 2003, but is not ranked in the top 10 driest summers. It was dry, but not exceptionally warm,' he said.
“The average maximum temperature for the season was 19.7 degrees, with the country seeing 587 hours of sunshine, 116 per cent of what was expected.
'On the whole, the whole of the UK experienced sunnier and drier than normal conditions and also warmer than normal conditions, with a few exceptions with some heavier rain.”