Summer's almost over - but there's some autumn sunshine on the way

Highs of 25C are predicted in the coming days and warm conditions could stretch throughout the month.

Well there you go, that’s it then, summer is over… at least, meteorologically speaking it is.

Us weather people like to keep things tidy and end our seasons on the last day of a month – it’s just easier for records. The true season of summer lasts until September 23, so another few weeks to go.

But just as meteorologists usher in the autumn, some summer warmth is on the way in the coming days.

High pressure over the continent will extend north into next week and this will start to draw warm air in from the south pushing temperatures in parts of Scotland into the mid-20s – something which has been a very rare occurrence over the last few months.

On Sunday, temperatures could reach 23-25C in the likes of Turriff, Maud, Mintlaw and Strichen in Aberdeenshire and East Linton, East Fortune and Haddington in East Lothian.

This will be the start of warmer conditions which continue into next week, but they will swap to the west of the country as a slight easterly air flow begins to affect the east coast.

Temperatures in eastern parts of the country will likely drop back to the teens in eastern regions from Tuesday and there is the risk of haar developing.

In the west, temperatures will rise with peaks of 25C possible in Ayrshire and the west Highlands around the middle of the week.

What about the rest of September? Well there’s a higher chance of more settled spells than in recent months, which means there should be more sunshine and higher temperatures, but here comes the caveat.

As we move into the autumn, hurricanes in the Atlantic start to throw big spanners into the computer models and this can completely change a long-term forecast.

So what I’m trying to say, is even though it generally looks more settled for this month, I wouldn’t rule out a risk of Storm Cillian (the next name on our storm list) coming along at some point.

So while it’s not been the best summer, autumn may have something a bit more summery up its sleeve – we hope!

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