Tropical storm on horizon
IF only I had a crystal ball for the weekend weather!
Today is straightforward but tomorrow is very uncertain as I type this. So here goes: today will start on the cold side with a touch of ground frost possible in places but a lovely sunny day is on the cards thereafter.
Temperatures should rally round to 13-15C (55-59F) and it will remain dry overnight into tomorrow with lows of 6-8C (43-46F).
Tropical storm "Nadine" well down to the south of Britain looks as if it will develop another low pressure system which may well push in later on tomorrow to bring a spell of very wet and windy weather to all of southern England. However, there is a lot of uncertainty over this and I suggest you listen to updates today when the computers will know for certain. Next week will see more unsettled weather with rain or showers.
Here we are then heading toward the late days of September and by-and-large it has so far been a reasonable month if a little chilly at times.
Last weekend saw much of southern England enjoying some pleasant sunshine although a band of light rain affected parts of the county overnight into Sunday.
It has certainly been dry with only 8mm of rain in the gauge up to the 17th.
Should this continue it will be the driest month since February or March.
Generally speaking, September can be varied with some spells of warm weather for the most but sometimes very wet. September 2008 got off to a wet start and remained unsettled until the 12th. I recorded 56mm (2.2in) on the night of the 3rd/4th and with heavy rain on the 2nd, 5th, 9th and 11th. This brought the total for the month to 156.5mm (6.16in). If you thought that was wet then try this for size.
On September 15, 1968, low pressure became stationary over Essex, Kent and Surrey with thunderstorms adding to the mix. 152mm (6in) fell across the area and Tilbury (Essex) copping a massive 202mm (7.93in) in less than 24 hours. Flooding was widespread with floodwater standing 2.4metres (8 feet) deep in Guildford town centre. Some rain indeed!