After a stormy week of weather that included ex-Hurricane Ophelia and Brian, the pessimistic among us might think it inevitable that wet and windy autumnal weather will continue and mar this October half-term.
But in truth, there could be some good news for those looking to make the most of the UK’s holiday spots. Early weather indications are, that after that wet and windy start, the forecast will turn much more settled as the week progresses, particularly to the south and east.
Anyone who knows even a little about weather forecasting, knows that the medium-term forecasts are sometimes the hardest to get right; beyond 5 days, the forecast computer models rarely agree.
But this half-term, there do seem to be some weather trends developing which could help you plan:
- A wet start, but turning drier with rain mostly becoming confined to the far northwest through the second half of the week.
- A warm, southerly wind developing, lifting temperatures above normal, possibly over 20 Celsius in the southeast as the week wears on.
- As the southerly wind sets in, north-facing coastal spots could see some of the best of the weather. Surprisingly perhaps, places like North Devon and Somerset, North Norfolk and other North Sea coasts could be the most protected and see the warmest weather.
- Sea temperatures will range from around 13 Celsius along northern coasts to 16 Celsius along more southern coasts, a little above normal in some spots and a good 4 or 5 degrees higher than could be expected in a May half-term!
- Foggy starts could lead to grey and damp-feeling, but not cold, mornings.
So where in the UK would I choose to spend my family days out next week? Here are the weathertrending picks:
- Cley-next-the-Sea, Blakeney Point and Holkham – The spectacular coastline along the North Norfolk coast offers mile upon mile of glorious beaches, England’s largest seal colony and the chance to recreate an epic cinematic moment on the sweeping Holkham sands. The pretty towns of Holt and Burnham Market are other must-sees. Find out more here on the Visit Norfolk website.
- The Cotswolds – Quintessentially English with cosy village inns tucked away in the hills, the 800 square miles spread across 5 counties offers plenty to see and do. There are countless family attractions from Batsford Arboretum to the Cotswold Wildlife Park to a great day out at Adam’s Farm, (otherwise known as the Cotswold Farm Park). Cotswolds.com website. Family fun at Adam’s Farm.
- Llandudno and Snowdonia – North Wales offers a diverse blend of seaside and mountainside attractions. Spend the mornings on the ‘prom’ before climbing The Great Orme for spectacular views out over the Irish Sea. Then head inland to explore the deep valleys and peaks of Snowdonia National Park. ‘There’s gold in them there hills’ – as well as slate, silver and copper. Check out one of the mines before ascending Snowdon itself – by foot or on the train, right to the summit. VisitWales.
- Tynemouth, Berwick upon Tweed and the North Northumberland coast – A vintage feel permeates some of the seaside towns dotted along the more than 30 miles of coastline in Northumberland, and there are castles, National Trust properties and islands to explore. Visit Northumberland.
- Lynton and Lynmouth – Tucked away under the shadow of Exmoor are some of the most unspoilt and undisturbed coves in the country – tranquil now but often remembered for the devastating floods of 1952. Beauty of a different kind extends inland, best experienced with a trek through the Valley of the Rocks. You’ll have worked up an appetite, so finish your day off with a Devon Cream Tea. VisitDevon.