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John Hammond and Sara Thornton offer insight into the current UK heatwave, looking at the impact it has had on the countryside and predict what’s next for the forecast.
John Hammond discovered that as temperatures exceeded 30C on the hottest day of the year in London, the temperature underground would have been up to 10C hotter.
John Hammond: Hell is a place on earth, Iberia is hotting up to a potential 50C
John Hammond: Tropical air may send temperatures into the high-20s across southeastern parts.
Sara Thornton: It looks likely that its energy will end up in our jet stream, but the forecast computer models cannot yet decide if that will kick the jet stream our way and ruin the start to the school holidays or stall the jet stream to the west and bring renewed heat for the rest of July.
John Hammond: I see no quick end to our parched summer weather.
John Hammond: For Bank Holiday Monday, the heat may peak in the mid-20s across parts of the southeast. Daytime highs could be 20C higher than the week before in some places.
John Hammond: Temperatures could reach near record lows on a “frosty” May 1.
Sara Thornton: Even if the snow doesn’t get you, gale-force winds and super-cooled freezing rain could turn parts of the UK into an ice rink by the weekend.
Sara Thornton: There are no signs of especially warm air in the near future, meaning weather will remain “on the chilly side” for the rest of March.
John Hammond is one of Britain’s best known weather presenters, predicting sunny spells and light rain on the BBC and was an expert on all things weather on Countryfile and The One Show. Here he talks to Metro about buying his first home.
John Hammond: The Beast from the East has not yet delivered its parting shot. The ‘Beast’ won’t give up without a fight. Scotland could see disruptive snowfall into early next week, and freezing rain will be an ongoing possibility, which means roads in many places will remain treacherous.
Sara Thornton: Here we’re likely to see super chilled water fall as rain – only to freeze instantly as it hits the ground. The result could be an invisible, lethal glaze on roads and pavements that could rank as one of the worst freezing rain events for many years.
John Hammond: The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia smashed into Ireland right on cue, and while the Republic is bearing the storm’s full force, it’s all too close for comfort for Northern Ireland and North Wales, which can expect to see the UK’s worst conditions later today.
Sara Thornton: Such weather-bombs are not uncommon, but this one will come armed with 70mph winds and a barrage of heavy rain. And unlike Ophelia, which gave the UK a glancing blow and focused its ire on Ireland, Brian is heading straight towards us.
John Hammond: We’re scientists, but we do feel the pressure to focus on the south east and London in particular, which can skew the forecast for the rest of the UK.
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Sara Thornton: Frankly, it’s a mess. The impacts from this storm warranted a name; my gut feeling is that if MetEireann hadn’t got in and named a separate system Storm Fionn on Tuesday, this storm would have been named that. They should have moved on to Storm Georgina.
The Great Storm of 1987 caused devastation across southern England and claimed the lives of 18 people. To mark the anniversary, TV weather presenters and meteorologists John Hammond and Sara Thornton look back on that ‘night to remember.
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When he’s not tapping his barometer Hammond has more time to…get a fledgling venture off the ground with fellow weather nut and business partner Sara Thornton – the website weathertrending.com. As well as providing forecasts and serious explanations of weather phenomena, they offer lively discussions on how weather shapes our lives, including blogs, lighthearted videos and lifestyle tips.
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