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Day 227: UK and World weather report

Distance travelled ~ 583'007'200 km

(The Met Office is the UK's national weather service, and a trading fund of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. John Hammond is the lead for road and rail, utilities, health and climate statistics and a BBC weather forecaster. Each week the Met Office will bring us the UK and World weather report on the 23 Degrees blog; looking ahead at the week's global weather developments)

Last week's weather saw some big differences once again across the UK. Parts of southern England basked in warm sunshine and temperatures well into the 20s. Further north it was a very different story, as a slow-moving Atlantic weather front brought prolonged and at times heavy rain over the southern half of Scotland and parts of northern England.

Salsburgh in North Lanarkshire recorded around 75mm of rainfall between 10pm on Tuesday 9th August and 1pm on Thursday lunchtime. The average for the whole of August is 90mm

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall just a few days earlier between Saturday 6th and Monday 8th August 2011 resulted in saturated ground conditions and localised flooding, particularly in Aberdeenshire.

Wet weather this month means that Leuchars in Fife has already recorded 134mm of rain up to the 11th August - the average for the whole of the month is 47mm.

Elsewhere around the world, devastating rains in Pakistan killed at least 21 people, destroying crops and houses in the flood-prone southern province of Sindh, a government official said on Friday. The Pakistani meteorological office forecast more rains for this week.

Further east, Tropical storm Muifa lashed China's north-east coast, creating a surge in waves and threatening to breach a dyke at Dalian, in Liaoning province. The full force of Muifa missed Shanghai, but power to at least two residential areas was briefly lost. Heavy rain was also expected in western areas of North Korea.

The week ahead:

Looking ahead and the coming week over the North Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Gert is expected to take a northerly track, reaching Bermuda during today, and then undergo extra tropical transition during Tuesday and Wednesday.

tropical storm gert

Image courtesy of NOAA/National weather service

At this stage it is not expected to strengthen further.

Over in the USA it remains exceptionally hot in southern parts of the country, especially Texas.

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