Where has the hazy heat gone?

Leeds city centre, beset by rain today, but tomorrow offers a brighter picture, forecasters said.  Pic: Simon Hulme
Leeds city centre, beset by rain today, but tomorrow offers a brighter picture, forecasters said. Pic: Simon Hulme
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FROM RECORD breaking temperatures to thunderstorms and downpours, what a difference a week makes.

The summer sunshine Britain basked in just last week is a distant memory today, with a huge drop in temperatures seeing a high of just 16 degrees Celsius in Leeds as showers and grey skies dominated.

Just seven days earlier and Leeds basked in 30-plus degrees heat - making it the hottest day of the year so far.

While no new heatwave is on the horizon, forecasters said, there are signs of a return to more seasonal conditions.

The Met Office predict the showers will ease overnight and fine and dry conditions are expected across Yorkshire tomorrow as temperatures rise from a cool start to a high of 19 degrees.

Dan Williams, spokesman for the Met Office, explained why Yorkshire had experienced contrasting conditions over the last week.

“Last week we saw a plume of warmer air from the continent moving over the country from the south. But when air moves in from the north, as we’ve seen this week across northern and eastern parts, we see cooler than average temperatures - this is why we have seen this contrast.

“We do expect temperatures to recover by the end of the week. Tomorrow is a fine day across the North, with dry and sunny spells, although temperatures will take a while to come back up. On Friday, it looks like another dry day with some cloud.

“Expect a mixed outlook into the start of next week. The early signs from the middle of next week onwards is for fine weather but we don’t expect temperatures to shoot up because the air will be coming in from the west, bringing average conditions for the time of the year, with temperatures around 20 degrees in the North of England.”

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