It’s been a quiet week in the world of weather. An area of low pressure has been
sitting to our west. High pressure always brings settled weather. It deflects weather fronts and gives mostly dry weather. This week’s high pressure has brought a lot of cloud with it from the north and east, so it’s been cooler here.
However in the sunshine, being so strong at this time of year, we reached 27C in Cupar, Fife on Wednesday, making it the warmest day of the year so far, and well above the 17C more typical for the time of year in Scotland.
This Saturday is the summer solstice, also known as the longest day of the year. It's the day when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky and is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. The North Pole has 24 hours of daylight and the South Pole has 24 hours of darkness. Many people will be at Stonehenge to celebrate on Friday night, to see the sunset and rise again on Saturday morning, as it’s believed the stones are aligned to mark the solstice. The exact time is 11:52.03 on Saturday and we will have 16 hours, 38 minutes and 30 seconds of daylight, that's 3 more seconds than Friday and 4 more than Sunday will have.
The solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year, the summer solstice in June usually 20th December, this is when the sun is at it’s lowest point in the sky and we have our shortest day.
High pressure will sit to our west bringing a settled weekend of weather. Both days will be similar. It’ll be mostly dry today away from the north west of Scotland, where weak weather fronts will make progress to bring a freshening breeze, cloudy skies and patchy rain. Elsewhere mostly dry, other than the odd light shower. Winds will be light from the northwest, giving warmer weather for eastern areas. We’ll all see some sunshine, especially in the south where we’ll be warm with 24C and around average at 20C in Glasgow.
For the start of Wimbledon, high pressure is never far away meaning the largely settled weather continues at least at first. There’s just the chance of a shower late on Monday. However, through the week weather fronts try to make progress from the north and west bringing more cloud, outbreaks of rain and cooler conditions. These won’t reach southern areas until at least Thursday. For now it’s looking good for many of us.