Summer could finally be around the corner with weather forecasters predicting the UK could enjoy warm weather for the rest of July, writes Rachael Goldwater.
And the belated arrival of the summer sun is great news for the dozens of Jewish summer camps – from central London to the Welsh countryside – who are set to welcome thousands of youngsters in the coming weeks.
A sizzling July will be particularly beneficial to the 50 youngsters and 10 staff at BBYO’s 11-day summer camp in Cumbria. The outdoor adventures, and games on acres of open fields will be even better due to July being predicted glorious weather. Leadership and education director Matt Herman said: “A heatwave would certainly mean we can make the most of our beautiful grounds.”
Elsewhere, JLGB (Jewish Lads & Girls Brigade) will be hosted 350 11 to 16-year-olds in Colchester. Due to the heatwave the planned activities like basketball, archery ranges, water sports, climbing walls and trampolining will be even more enjoyable and fun. Chief executive Neil Martin said: “With expected good weather in store, camp will be bigger, brighter and more fun than ever before!”
Forecasters have said that a build up of high pressure will lead to fine weather across the UK resulting in below average rainfall and above average temperature. A few outbreaks of rain are expected between now and Friday but then the weather is expected to return and stay right through into August.
A Met Office Spokesman said: “There is reasonable confidence that high pressure will build, giving fine and dry weather across most parts of the UK from Friday onward, with a mixture of variable cloud and sunshine. There will be lighter winds elsewhere with temperatures around or just above normal at first, but a good chance of increasingly warm temperatures during the course of the following week, especially inland, becoming locally very warm in sunny conditions.
These drier and warmer conditions should continue into the following weekend and there are signals that the dry and settled weather from the first half of the month should continue across most parts of the UK during at least the first half of this period. This means rainfall should be below average, with above-average temperatures and above average sunshine amounts.”
This follows a particularly cold start to the year, with March being the coldest on record since 1962. March was colder than the preceding winter months of December, January and February, which had not happened for almost 40 years.