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This Week's Weather Prospects from JON MITCHELL

Low Ackworth sunset
The last sunset of August 2014 over Low Ackworth. Credit: LES PARSONS

High pressure is coming this week, that means dry, sunny and hot weather, right? Wrong! or at least partly wrong. Atmospheric pressure is measured by a barometer and high pressure on a weather chart is as a result of descending air. This descending air warms through compression and helps to dissolve clouds in the higher layers of the troposphere (the lowest part of the atmosphere). Sadly, this process is not always effective in dissolving layers of cloud in the lowest few thousand feet of the atmosphere and this is going to be a problem this coming week.

High pressure over the Baltic Sea.
High pressure is in the 'wrong place' Credit: Met Office/ITV Weather

The high pressure this coming week is centred over Scandinavia which, in a way, is in 'the wrong place'. Surface winds blow clock-wise around a 'high' so winds will be coming into eastern England from the North Sea. This keeps the lowest layers of the atmosphere cool and moist - ideal for cloud development. The cloud won't be thick enough for significant rain, so at least it's good news for farmers and growers in that respect, but it will be stubborn at times and reluctant to break to allow the sun to shine. Indeed it is more likely to break to the lee of the Pennines i.e. Lancashire and Cumbria. Where the sun does pop out though it will feel warm. High pressure and thus dry weather at the moment (Monday lunchtime) looks likely to stay until the middle of September. As always, forecasts can change, especially in the longer range so keep up to date with the very latest forecast.



New project aims to protect England's well-loved pubs

A new project in Leeds will delve into the Duke of Wellingtons, examine the Eagles and consider the Coach and Horses

New project aims to protect England's well-loved pubs
New project aims to protect England's well-loved pubs Credit: ITV Yorkshire

These are all popular names of pubs, and according to English Heritage the well-loved watering holes have now been identified as 'severely threatened'.

The study will combine expertise from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and Department of History of Art and Film and will look into pubs in Leeds, focussing on 19th and 20th century buildings with an aim to identify and highlight significant and threatened pubs and increase understanding and appreciation of these urban and suburban taverns.


It's elementary! Sherlock world record smashed

One of the most bizarre world records was set this afternoon at historic Temple Newsam in Leeds .

Four hundred and forty three people turned up wearing deerstalkers, puffing on pipes and brandishing magnifying glasses to help set a new world record for the most people dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

Today's gathering of amateur sleuths, smashed the previous record of one hundred and thirteen and was all in a good cause - to help raise funds for a new Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

Sherlock world record attempt: It's elementary!

A world record attempt for the most people dressed as Sherlock Holmes takes place today at Temple Newsam in Leeds. The Sherlock festival gets underway at 12.30 with the world record attempt at 2.30 sharp.

Now where's Watson?
Now where's Watson? Credit: PA

Sherlock Holmes, one of the most popular consulting detectives of all time, is on the case to help raise money for one of Europe's largest teaching hospitals - the Leeds Teaching Hospitals - to raise funds for a new Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.

The Guinness World Records attempt promises to be the biggest Sherlock party ever. Entry fee is £15 and every participant will receive a Deerstalker hat, pipe and magnifying glass on the day of the event.

The minimum number of people required to set a new Guinness World Records title is 250 participants.

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