The longest day

Monday 22 June 2009, 13:43

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year but
sunshine was very much in short supply with plenty of cloud over the
country.

Only 1.1 hours of sunshine was recorded at RAF St. Athan in the
Vale of Glamorgan! And it wasn't that warm either for June.

Solstice sunset at Freshwater West by Scotty:

sunset_scotty.jpg


At Aberdaron on the Lleyn Peninsula just 14 Celsius (57F). Pembrey in
Carmarthenshire faired better with 18.5 Celsius (65F) recorded on the
sandy soils, which is about average for this time of year.

So not the best of weather for Father's Day but it feels warmer and more humid
today and the warming trend is set to continue over the next few days.

We should see more in the way of sunshine as high pressure becomes
established to the north east of Britain over Scandinavia with a drier
easterly breeze developing by the middle of the week.

So all in all, good weather for the start of Wimbledon although by the weekend the
humidity will be on the rise again with a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms moving up from the south.

If you're off to Glastonbury don't forget the sun-cream and pack a pair of
wellies just in case - you might need them over the weekend!

Derek

Links:
The Summer Solstice

Record crowd for Solstice sunrise

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