After a wet, cold early Spring early Summer has seen a very prolonged spell of hot weather with, in this area, just one torrential downpour in the last few weeks. According to the BBC weather site 14 day forecast it is more of the same through the next two weeks. An anticyclone has sat stationary over the British Isles bringing the current settled weather although with air circling in a clockwise direction around a high pressure system and with the sea (North Sea) being colder than the land sea mists have kept the east coast cooler with the north or north-easterly breezes. The west coast, on the other hand, has seen some particularly high temperatures for the time of year particularly, it seems, in North Wales.
Two inevitable results – brush fire on Saddleworth Moor in Lancashire (west) and water companies pressing customers to use less water.
Our local jet-stream, the main determinant of our weather, is sitting way to the north, rather than over the British Isles as was the case earlier in the year when one depression after another from the Atlantic was being channelled across the British Isles.