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North Devon weather: Jumpers at the ready as cooler weather moves across region

By NDJFran  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Autumn: The weather is getting colder over the next couple of days, but milder weather will return on Thursday.

The weather is getting colder over the next couple of days, but milder weather will return on Thursday.

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JUMPERS should be at the ready over the next couple of days as cooler weather moves across North Devon.

But Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said the drop in temperature does not signal the end of summer just yet.

Compared to the end of last week, the next two days will be drier and less windy with isolated showers sticking around into Wednesday.

Temperatures during the day will be between 15 and 17C, but it will be feeling a lot colder during the night, with temperatures dropping down to around seven degrees.

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“It looks like this cooler period will probably come to an end around Thursday,” said Mr Powell.

From Thursday south westerly winds will bring in much milder conditions and the weather will be more settled for the bank holiday weekend.

In terms of a longer range forecast Mr Powell said the tail end of summer was on its way, but the change in weather would not be dramatic.

“I would be surprised if we see long, protracted spells of sunshine such as earlier in the summer, but it is not going to be drastic,” he said.

The Met Office has also reported that the UK has been hit with nearly its entire average rainfall for August in just the first half of the month.

Figures up to August 13 show there has been 86.1mm (3.4in) of rain so far as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha swept across the country. This is just short of the 89.5mm (3.5in) monthly average.

In terms of individual countries, Scotland has already been lashed with more rain (121.4mm) than its average for August (116.7mm).

Rainfall for England and Northern Ireland so far is just under the full-month average.

Wales has been drier by comparison, seeing 83.2mm of rain making up 77% of its average.

The UK mean temperature has been 15.2C (59F), which is 0.3C above the monthly average, while sunshine levels are just over what we would normally expect with 77.8 hours.

Paul Knightley, a spokesman for weather forecasting service MeteoGroup, said: “Saturday looks like a fine day but Sunday will be windy, with gusts of up to 50mph in some places.”

Next week is expected to be drier but northerly winds bringing in cooler air will make it feel colder than recent days, especially at night.

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