It might feel like summer but it's looking like autumn

By Alex Beresford: ITV Weather Presenter

Autumn colours on trees on Derwent Reservoir in the Peak District, as conservationists said the year is now racing towards autumn. Credit: PA

Although we just had the stormiest start to a year, it seems nature has fully recovered from the battering perhaps a little too well.

Wildlife appears to have hurtled its way through the first 6 months, and The National Trust are even reporting some early signs of Autumn in their gardens.

Hedges and woods are hinting at signs of colour and Blackbirds apparently aren't hitting any high notes.

"We're ahead still, remarkably ahead, birds have largely stopped singing, a lot of butterflies are very early and are still coming out early," National Trust naturalist Matthew Oates said, pointing to early arrivals of high summer butterflies including chalk hill blues and purple emperors.

Hedges and woods are hinting early signs of Autumn colours. Credit: PA

Nature might be racing ahead, but for many of us it's certainly felt like a good summer so far...

Latest figures from the Met Office show this June to be the warmest since 2006 with temperatures above average, particularly across Scotland.

Fife recorded 27C on 18th June making it the warmest day of the year so far, but England and Wales saw a good deal more sunshine with 212 hours in the month.

People enjoying the warm weather at Scarborough beach. Credit: PA

The last week was more unsettled with some intense rainfall across southern Britain.

Festival-goers were struck by rain at Glastonbury last weekend. Credit: PA

Thunderstorms struck in places on 27th shutting down the main stages at the Glastonbury Festival.

The weather is set to turn wetter and windier over the next few days as Low Pressure anchors itself across the North West.

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