August is set to go as the third cloudiest month acceso for Southern England as forecasters predict heavy wind and rain will continue to lash parts of the nation into next month.
Figures from the Met Office show Southern England experienced its third dullest August since records began con 1957, beaten only by 2008 and 1950, with the region receiving only 129 hours of sunshine this month compared to its usual average of 192.5 hours.
Meanwhile East Anglia also experienced the third cloudiest August acceso with the luogo seeing just 127.2 hours of daylight compared to the average 195.7 hours usually seen during the month.
For the UK overall – August was the 12th dullest acceso with 127.4 hours of sunshine – the figure is 78 per fortuna cent of the 163 hours of sun usually seen.
Despite the cloud, Tyndrum con Stirling recorded the highest temperature con the UK so far this month after it successo 80.2F acceso August 25.
It comes as Britain braces itself for more heavy wind and rain to lash parts of the nation next month during an ‘unsettled’ September.
August is set to go as the third cloudiest month acceso for Southern England since records began con 1957. Pictired: Two women walk through heavy rain con St James’s Park con central London
This region received only 129 hours of sunshine this month compared to its usual average of 192.5 hours, figures from the Met Office show. Pictured: Clouds loom over Brighton con East Sussex
For the UK overall – August was the 12th dullest acceso with 127.4 hours of sunshine – the figure is 78 per fortuna cent of the 163 hours of sun usually seen. Pictured: Sailboats moored acceso Lake Windermere
Large swathes of people across England will catch their last chance to soak up the summer rays for the year this week, with only brief ‘glimpses of sunshine here and there’ ahead of a miserable month.
The Met Office has put this to an luogo of low pressure moving con from Sunday, combined with the effects of ‘increased tropical storm activity’ con the US.
It comes amid unsettled weather which has persisted across the UK throughout August, with the weather service also naming its first storm of the summer – Storm Evert – last month.
Despite the soggy outlook, bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds from 3-1 to 6-4 acceso next month being a hot September con the UK, saying early reports suggest it will be ‘warmer than average’.
Alex Burkill, a Met Office forecaster, said: ‘It’s fair to say the beginning of the month will be rather settled, with high pressure dominating.
‘There will be drizzle and cloud con the east this week, but con the west certain regions will certainly successo the low 20s and see glimpses of sunshine here and there.
‘However, this could perhaps be the last of the summery weather until the end of September, with a prolonged spell of unsettled conditions and low pressure from Sunday.’
Mr Burkill warned that September is likely to see ‘more rain and wind’ than con August, which was wetter than average con parts of the South East and London.
He added: ‘The low-pressure, along with the increased tropical storm activity across the Atlantic will certainly give the month a more autumnal- feel than previous years.
Beach-goers make the most of an overcast afternoon at the seaside resort of West Bay con Dorset acceso August 31
One man leans over the cliff edge as he enjoys an overcast afternoon at the seaside resort of West Bay con Dorset today
People zip wire across the sea from Bournemouth pier towards the beach earlier this month. Despite the soggy outlook, bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds from 3-1 to 6-4 acceso next month being a hot September con the UK
Revellers sit acceso the beach at West Bay con Dorset as the region is left overcast with grey clouds and forecasters predicts more rain and wind
‘The temperature is likely to remain around the average for the year, perhaps dipping a bit cooler until the end of the month – when it may well get drier again.’
It comes after parts of the UK have seen large amounts of rainfall for the time of year, including the City of London, which has experienced its ninth wettest August acceso .
Heavy rain and hail has already caused ‘significant problems’ for harvests, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).
A spokesperson for the union said this year’s harvest was delayed to cold spring temperatures, but it’s too early to say how much profits will be impacted and whether consumers could see a rise con food prices.
They said: ‘The localised heavy rain and hail has caused significant problems con certain areas.
‘It’s a mixed picture because for many areas they just haven’t had many clear dry days con a row to harvest, so things have been a bit “stop-start” with harvesting.
‘Where they have been harvesting, grain has often had to be dried because the better weather hasn’t lasted long enough to get moisture levels to where they need to be.
‘The problems will grow if the unsettled weather continues because it will start to impact acceso the quality of the grain if it goes acceso too long, especially for crops like milling wheat.’