Sun set to shine this week

FEAR not folks, the fickle Bank Holiday weather should soon disappear as we are set to enjoy glorious sunshine for the rest of the week.

Naomi Cassidy

FEAR not folks, the fickle Bank Holiday weather should soon disappear as we are set to enjoy glorious sunshine for the rest of the week.

In typical British style, the climate was unpredictable over the August Bank Holiday, ranging from being chilly, wet and overcast, to hot, dry and humid spells.

Weather man Ken Blowers said this was down to a depression over the country but as that is moving off, the southern part of the UK is set to experience rising temperatures this week, as high as 77F (25C) in Suffolk.

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He said: “The outlook is good for a change. It has not been good for most of June, July or August.

“At last we have got the anti-cyclone extending north east from the Azores towards the UK. As the days go on, it will gradually get warmer.”

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The Bank Holiday's weather began well on Saturdaywith temperatures of 69F (21C), but by Sunday morning, it was a different story as rain lashed across the county and those heading out early were faced with a cold wind and grey skies.

By the afternoon, the sun was out again and suddenly it was time to bring out the shorts and t-shirts and put on the barbeque as temperatures reached 74F (23C).

Mr Blowers added: “There was a depression over the north of Britain. As that is moving away, the country will be split in two with those in the south experiencing warm weather and those in the north seeing clouds and some rain. The amount of rainfall in August has already exceeded the average and we still have a few days left in the month.”

The average rainfall for August is 2.23 inches but already, this month has seen 2.86ins of rain.

Yesterday seemed like the start of a hot and sunny summer's day with highs of 74F (23C) but by late morning, it resembled damp, dull Autumnal weather.

And while it might not have been the brightest of days a day off work was enough to get people out and about - regardless if they were under grey skies.

Whether it was lunch in a café or an ice cream in the park there were plenty of people out enjoying the Bank Holiday yesterday.

Christchurch Park is looking all the better for a huge redevelopment project earlier this year which saw extensive work carried out in Ipswich's most popular park.

Families ventured out with youngsters enjoying the children's play area and there were plenty of dog walkers out and about.

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