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11:05 GMT, Monday, 21 September 2009 12:05 UK

Weather forecast for Leicester

By Phil Morrish
Amateur weatherman

Sun shining through clouds - Copyright Eyewire

Monday 4 July

The weather charts are finally looking more like normal for the UK with low pressure to the North and the Azores high to the South, which is trying to push in small ridges of high pressure from time to time.

We will be close enough to the high pressure to ensure that most of the rain we get will probably light and patchy. There will still be a good deal of dry weather and with sunshine at times it will feel relatively warm.

Monday and Tuesday both look to be fine and warm days. A weak ridge from the Azores will mean plenty of sunshine on both days and temperatures around 22C or 23C which is still 2C above normal, but not as hot as last week.

Winds will be light southwesterly and it will feel very pleasant in the sunshine. Temperatures at night dropping to 11C so much more pleasant for sleeping!

Wednesday sees an area of low pressure near Iceland that will spread some rain across our region around lunchtime after a bright and sunny start. It will be coming up against the high pressure so amounts will probably quite small.

The rain will clear in the evening. Temps on Wednesday about 20C.

Thursday and Friday will be bright and breezy days with a few showers around, but not all of us will see them and temperatures around the seasonal average of 21C. There will be plenty of sunny intervals too.

So all in all not as hot as last week, but amounts of rain will probably be quite small.

Last week

It was very warm and humid last week with temperatures several degrees above average.

The source of the air was southern Europe and temperatures exceeded 27C for many of us.

"Rainfall totals varied last week from 4mm at Loughborough to nothing at all in Mountsorrel with Cosby and Wigston receiving less than 1mm and the grass is now looking very brown "


Phil Morrish, Amateur weatherman

Walker struggles with her umbrella

Wigston, Mountsorrel and Cosby all recorded 27C on Monday with Kirby Mallory reaching 28C. These temperatures were accompanied by 14 hours of sunshine.

A few showers did affect us on the night of Monday 28 June 2010 with Loughborough recording 4mm, but at my station at Mountsorrel stayed completely dry.

Cosby and Wigston also received a few showers, but they registered less than 1mm.

Tuesday and Wednesday were also fine and warm with temperatures around 25C and night time temperatures remained around 14C for most of us.

Thursday and Friday remained mostly warm with temperatures around 24C. Thursday night was the warmest of the week with temperatures not dropping below 16.7C at Wigston making for a very uncomfortable night.

The weekend saw fresher air, but temperatures still reached 23C with plenty of sunshine.

So rainfall totals varied last week from 4mm at Loughborough to nothing at all in Mountsorrel with Cosby and Wigston receiving less than 1mm and the grass is now looking very brown.

Sunshine totals were high once again with 60 hours recorded.

June summary

June 2010 was the sunniest since 1996 with 235 hours of sunshine recorded at Cosby which is 25% above normal.

It was also drier than average for most of us with about 70% of the usual rainfall total.

A few places, particularly Loughborough, received above average rainfall due to local downpours.

The worst of these on 9 June 2010 produced 22mm of rain in just 30 minutes!

So a decent June lets hope it continues into July!

More about Phil

Hello! My name is Phil Morrish and I am Leicestershire's most passionate weatherman.

I look at the weather over the past week in Leicestershire, I predict what is in store for us next week and look at the headline grabbing weather across the world.

I also love to hear from you! If you have any weather stories or pictures you would like to share then e-mail leicester@bbc.co.uk .




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