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After yet another bout of rain, summer is set to make a return

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 07, 2012

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Cloudless blue skies and sunny spells are on the cards for the end of the week, according to Met Office chiefs.

Following the recent stormy weather with heavy rain and floods, brighter, warmer weather is just around the corner.

Conditions are expected to begin picking-up tomorrow across the Westcountry and by the end of the week proper summer conditions are likely to surface.

However, today more rain was expected across parts of Devon and Cornwall with thick, dull cloud accompanied by cool temperatures.

A spokesman for Exeter-based Met Office, said while showers would persist in parts for the next couple of days they should have evaporated by Friday.

He said: "After (Tuesday) we should be in for a period of settled and dry weather with bright spells across the South West.

"Drier conditions will be seen particularly in the latter part of the week.

"By the middle of the week temperatures in Plymouth will be the most favourable at 21 degrees Celsius. Across Cornwall temperatures will be a degree or two less.

"Coastal areas will be slightly cooler than inland."

By Thursday and Friday most parts of Devon and Cornwall will be mostly dry.

The spokesman continued: "By Friday top temperatures will again be in Plymouth at 23 degrees.

"Generally across the region we're expecting more blue skies and higher temperatures that should make for a nice change after the recent mixed bag of weather we've had."

A break from the seemingly incessant bursts of rain will come as welcome relief to many parts of the Westcountry.

Up until yesterday Environment Agency bosses had flood warnings in place across Devon and Cornwall.

In Devon warnings were issued around a number of spots including the rivers Torridge, Waldon and Lew, including Black Torrington, Milton Damerel and Hatherleigh.

And in Cornwall warnings were out a sites including Newquay, Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Bude.

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  • Nippie  |  August 08 2012, 8:27PM

    @GlassPrison, Why do the Met office publish their data and forecasts to newspapers if they are always reported so inaccurately, Television forecasts are also rarely accurate. The only way to know for sure what the weather is going to do, is to get up in the morning and look out of the window.

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  • SmartyC  |  August 08 2012, 4:02PM

    Maybe the Met Office need to upgrade their Sinclair ZX81's then...

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  • GlassPrison  |  August 08 2012, 1:24PM

    @by Nippie – More-a-less… We can actually find out exactly which way the wind is blowing and at what height. With the equipment available today with the combination of extremely precise high-resolution orbital and geostationary satellites means we can accurately gather real-time data from almost anywhere in the world. The most important thing to remember when forecasting the weather is how the real-time data is interpreted. From knowing what the current weather is doing, computer models will then take that data and give a number of different outcomes based on changeable inputs from different soundings/past trends, climatological data, historic data and geographical locations. This is where it gets messy and very technical, but in a nutshell it's all about the understanding of the data and how it will 'turn-out'! I personally feel that the Met Office is good at short-range forecasts, i.e. 48-72 hours, anything more is almost impossible to determine accurately with no more than 65% probability. As a trainee meteorologist myself I use data from many different sources other than the Met. Believe me the Met Office are not the only professionals out there, many many meteorological organisations exist both in the UK and throughout Europe and the World. The Met tend to stick with there own, other organisations will cumulate data from others and sometimes there forecasts are way more accurate! I completely agree with @henryblince with regards to the over exaggerated media reports, however this has always been the case! Never believe what you read in the papers…!

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  • Chunder123  |  August 07 2012, 7:18PM

    Seeing as we live on a planet that is mostly water you would be a fool to be bothered about rain. THats one of our planets many features yet this headline says yet another bout of rain. WHats new about that? its been this way for thousands of years

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  • Nippie  |  August 07 2012, 4:38PM

    Just my opinion but to me there are far too many variables to be able to forecast the weather accurately. We can never tell which way the wind will blow or how far the low will sink or whether the gulf stream/jet stream will sink or swim. We can only "now cast" and guess from there.

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  • DTP87  |  August 07 2012, 3:29PM

    I work within 300 yards of the Met Office in Exeter and can see it if I look out of the window. I have on numerous occasions looked on the Met Office website, which says it is currently sunny, then looked out of the window only to see the rain bouncing off the (very nice) Met Office building. Now if that is what counts as 'accurate' then we are all in trouble!

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  • EvaBrain  |  August 07 2012, 1:33PM

    Predicting the weather is just guesswork - who ever does it.

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  • Steer73  |  August 07 2012, 12:50PM

    But incorrect, ill-informed, self righteous and stragely angry comments are what the internet is for!

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  • henryblince  |  August 07 2012, 11:49AM

    Would any of you care to find out something about the Met Office before passing incorrect and ill-considered comments? It is, without doubt, the best forecasting office in the world. It is used by countless organisations, including the military, who don't mess about - for their weather forecasting needs, services for which they pay quite a lot of money. It is entirely self-funded, it receives not a jot of government funding; if they weren't good they'd be out of business in a week. The services that you - so incorrectly and yet so glibly criticise - are free to you. They have strict accuracy targets imposed on them by the government which they always meet and usually exceed. The press usually mis-reports them. I can put up with people thinking they're being clever when they're not but I won't stand by quietly and watch the casual spreading of lies and falsehoods by fools.

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  • Stork  |  August 07 2012, 10:48AM

    I'm surprised the Met staff have time to predict the weather. They're too busy counting out their "performance bonuses"!

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