Is the end of monsoon June in sight? Weather starts to brighten up …

  • Forecasters have said the weather will improve over the next five days with more bouts of sunshine on the way
  • Bizarre weather conditions for June highlighted by sighting of huge twister off Cornish coast

By
Daily Mail Reporter

15:59, 16 June 2012

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16:13, 16 June 2012

There could be a
glimmer of hope for the British Summer as weather forecasters predicted
that the monsoon type weather might finally be over.

According
to the Met Office there will be occasional showers with bouts of
sunshine over the next five days and temperatures will be more in line
with the seasonal average.

‘It’s
looking like the temperature will be close to the seasonal average and
certainly for the next five days it won’t be as unsettled as it has
been,’ said Met Office spokeswoman Jenny Rourke. ‘There are also no more
warnings in place and from what we can tell, it’s generally looking a
bit better.’

A seagull flies above a deserted beach in Aberysthwyth in Wales as forecasters predict the weather over the next few days will improve

A seagull flies above a deserted beach in Aberysthwyth in Wales as forecasters predict the weather over the next few days will improve

There have been showers across the country including in Birmingham, pictured, with only the South East managing to escape rainy weather

There have been showers across the country including in Birmingham, pictured, with only the South East managing to escape rainy weather

The weather will be unsettled with
rain in most parts of the country on Monday with temperatures reaching
highs of up to 19C (66F).

Tuesday
will have the best of the weather with temperatures reaching highs of
up to 22C (72F) and minimum temperatures of 13C (55F).

It
certainly will be an improvement on the recent weather which could be
likened to monsoon season and has seen people huddling under brollies as
towns as cities get lashed with torrential rain.

On
Friday morning storms swept across the country bringing 55mph winds and
half the month’s average rainfall. And unsurprisingly today was no
better with most of the country experiencing bands of heavy rain and
showers. 

There was
the occasional risk of thunder in some places especially in northern
England and Southern England. The South East experienced the best of the
weather.

One of the
most bizarre meteorological phenomenons so far has been a bank of cloud
which looked as though a tornado was forming off Bossiney Bay in
Tintagel, Cornwall.

Despite
fears from onlookers, meteorologists said it was likely to be a rare
funnel cloud which is caused by currents deep within shower clouds.

On
Friday two yachts ran aground off Plymouth, and three crewmen were
airlifted to safety from two boats off the Isles of Scilly. In Bingley,
West Yorkshire, an inch of rain fell in 15 hours, and parts of Wales
were pelted with more than an inch.

Racegoers in York try to shield themselves from a torrential downpour yesterday

Racegoers in York try to protect themselves from a torrential downpour by using a gazebo and a few umbrellas

... but the wind blew their cover over, exposing them to the elements once more

… but their actions proved little help when wind blew their cover over, exposing them to the elements once more

The short rainstorm hit the Knavesmire at the Mid-Summer Raceday during the June Meeting at York racecourse

The short rainstorm hit the Knavesmire at the Mid-Summer Raceday during the June Meeting at York racecourse

Bizarre: Locals in Cornwall were stunned when they saw this giant twister forming over the coast of the county but meteorologists said it was a rare funnel cloud

Bizarre: Locals in Cornwall were stunned when they saw this giant twister forming over the coast of the county but meteorologists said it was a rare funnel cloud

The Environment Agency was forced to
issue 19 flood alerts covering East Anglia, the South East, the Midlands
and parts of the North East.

The
latest storms follow dreadful weather conditions earlier this week
which resulted in more than three inches, or 80mm, of rain falling in
just 24 hours, leaving
homes and roads flooded.

Firefighters were on flood alert in many parts of the country with crews in the south
west – which have seen a huge surge in flooding-related
call outs since the start of the week –  braced for more this
weekend.

Several fire crews have had to rescue
drivers who ignored road closures and diversion warnings and drove into
flooded roads over the past week

There have also been a number of
dramatic sea rescues with an air-sea rescue helicopter airlifting three
crewmen injured on two boats in stormy weather off the Isles of Scilly
this morning.

One man suffered a broken ankle and two others suffered a fractured arm and cuts. Ken Bazeley of Falmouth Coastguard
said ‘There are several vessels that we are monitoring all the time as
they make their way back to Falmouth or Plymouth or the south coast of
Cornwall that have suffered mast or steering problems.’

The Penlee lifeboat was also launched
on Friday morning to go to a yacht which broadcast a Mayday. An RNLI
spokesman said ‘The Penlee
all-weather lifeboat launched to assist a 38ft yacht with two people on
board 12 miles south of Newlyn. The yacht had managed to lose a sail
overboard that got tangled around the keel and rudder in a south east
gale.

‘The lifeboat arrived on the scene in
40 minutes and managed to secure a rope to the yacht then started the
tow back to Newlyn. Later the Penlee Inshore Lifeboat
launched as the vessels approached the harbour to help tow the yacht
through the gaps in testing conditions, and the yacht was safely
moored.’

Porthcawl lighthouse in South Wales was dwarfed by waves as the wind and rain continue to affect the British summer

Porthcawl lighthouse in South Wales was dwarfed by waves as the wind and rain continue to affect the British summer

Surfers take advantage of stormy seas caused by a low pressure weather system in Porthcawl

Surfers take advantage of stormy seas caused by a low pressure weather system in Porthcawl

Wet: Lucy Allen and her horse Poppy cross a swollen ford in the village of Meavy in Devon yesterday

Wet: Lucy Allen and her horse Poppy cross a swollen ford in the village of Meavy in Devon yesterday

Grim: Spectators take cover under umbrellas yesterday after rain stopped play at the Aegon tennis championships at Queen's club in London

Grim: Spectators take cover under umbrellas yesterday after rain stopped play at the Aegon tennis championships at Queen’s club in London

Damp: The poor weather led to the covers been brought out and the players returning to their dressing rooms

Damp: The poor weather led to the covers been brought out and the players returning to their dressing rooms

Spectators shelter underneath their umbrellas as rain stopped play during a quarter final singles match

Spectators shelter underneath their umbrellas as rain stopped play during a quarter final singles match

Empty: The dreadful weather conditions have affected the tourist industry. These pedalos wait to be hired on a bleak-looking beach in Weymouth, Dorset

Empty: The dreadful weather conditions have affected the tourist industry. These pedalos wait to be hired on a bleak-looking beach in Weymouth, Dorset

Bleak: Despite it being the middle of June, the storms in Weymouth have left it looking deserted

Bleak: Despite it being the middle of June, the storms in Weymouth have left it looking deserted

Meanwhile there were reports that two more ran yachts had run aground in huge seas off Plymouth in Devon.

Scillonian
Ferry services between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly were also
cancelled
because of dangerously high seas and a number of boats were ripped from
their moorings overnight on Thursday in Falmouth and Penryn in Cornwall.

The Environment Agency said people in Devon and Cornwall should ‘remain prepared’ for the possibility of flooding.

Devon County Council said its
highways department, which was still clearing up debris from last week’s
storms, was ‘geared up’ to deal with any incidents.

The
storms have resulted in some huge seas of the coastline with surfers
taking advantage of massive waves in Harlyn Bay in Cornwall and huge
waves were also seen crashing over a lighthouse in Porthcawl, Wales.

Punters
at the Mid-Summer Raceday during the June Meeting at York racecourse
desperately tried to shield themselves from the elements during a short 
rainstorm.

Some attempted to seeks shelter under a makeshift tent canopy – which was soon blown over by the strong winds.

Meanwhile,
spectators huddled underneath their umbrellas as rain stopped play
during a quarter final singles tennis match at the Queen’s Club grass
court championships in London.

With yet more rain and stormy weather forecast, Freya Kirkpatrick , 4, takes a last chance to play in the sunshine with her dog, Monty, in a giant field of ox eye daisies on the edge of Blithfield Reservoir near Rugeley, Staffordshire

Enjoying the final few glimmers of sun: With yet more rain and stormy weather forecast,
Freya Kirkpatrick , 4, takes a last chance to play in the sunshine with
her dog, Monty, in a giant field of ox eye daisies on the edge of
Blithfield Reservoir near Rugeley, Staffordshire

Flying high... while they can: Paragliders take advantage of break in the miserable weather over Beachy Head and Eastbourne in East Sussex on Thursday

Flying high… while they can: Paragliders take
advantage of break in the miserable weather over Beachy Head and
Eastbourne in East Sussex yesterday

Making the most of it: The paragliders may have to back up they chutes soon, though, as more downpours swept their way across the UK yesterday

Making the most of it: The paragliders may have to back up they chutes soon, though, as more downpours swept their way across the UK yesterday

Calm before the storm: The sky above the Queens tennis club on day three of the AEGON Championships in London hint at what is to come

Calm before the storm: The sky above the Queens tennis club on day three of the AEGON Championships in London hint at what is to come

Who says the weather's bad? Two girls from Oregon in the U.S. enjoy ice creams on one of the bridges that straddle the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Who says the weather’s bad? Two girls from Oregon in the U.S. enjoy ice creams on one of the bridges that straddle the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

Sunshine after the rain: A young lady takes advantage of the weather in a deckchair in St James's Park, London, on Thursday before the downpours swept in

Sunshine after the rain: A young lady takes
advantage of the weather in a deckchair in St James’s Park, London, yesterday before the downpours sweep in

Gusts on the horizon: The flags in Parliament Square, London, were blowing more vigorously on Thursday, indicating that the expected high winds of up to 60mph could soon be upon us

Gusts on the horizon: The flags in Parliament
Square, London, were blowing more vigorously yesterday, indicating that
the expected high winds of up to 60mph could soon be upon us

The Met Office said it was too early
to say whether this month was on course to be the wettest June on
record, beating the 2007 figure of 136.2mm. The average June rainfall is
72.6mm.

Despite the torrential conditions, the
Met Office said the UK was still below its average rainfall for the
year. Between January and May, 392.5mm of rain fell across the country,
compared with an average of 439mm.

Nevertheless, temperatures have been
miserable for many. Forest Row, East Sussex, only reached 10.7C on
Tuesday, almost 10C below normal for June.

Sunshine is down 60 per cent so far
this month, with England and Wales averaging just 30 hours’ sunshine.
June normally sees 178 hours’ sunshine.

Although there have been heavy showers
in parts of the South West, Wales and the North West, parts of the
country which were on flood alert after days of heavy rain were given
breathing space this week with clear skies in the South East and London.

The break in the weather came as three
of the UK’s biggest water companies announced they would lift hosepipe
bans, imposed to deal with drought, following weeks of heavy rain.

Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water were to remove the restrictions in place since early April from Thursday.

Seven water companies across southern
and eastern England brought in hosepipe bans after two unusually dry
winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the
drought year of 1976.

The Environment Agency had urged
people in Devon, Cornwall, west Somerset, North Wales and parts of the
Midlands to remain prepared for the possibility of floods as the Met
Office issued a weather warning for heavy rain.

Underwater: The ford near Charvil, Berkshire, which flooded to a depth of 6ft after heavy rain hit parts of the UK. Temperatures are up to 10C below normal and sunshine is down 60 per cent

Underwater:
The ford near Charvil, Berkshire, which flooded to a depth of 6ft after
heavy rain hit parts of the UK. Temperatures are up to 10C below normal
and sunshine is down 60 per cent

 

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