September weather set to be record-breaking
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 08:23 GMT -
Northern Ireland was exceptionally dry, with only 6.5mm of rain through until the 28 September, just 7% of what would normally be expected.
Across England, Wales and Scotland, this September is likely to have been the second driest in the record books.
Rainfall records by the Met Office began back in 1910, with only the September of 1959 drier in England and Wales and September 1972 drier in Scotland.
It was also a rather warm month across the country, with provisional figures showing mean temperatures were 13.9C, 1.2C above the long-term average. The September of 2006 was the warmest on record when the very hot summer of that year continued into early autumn.
The predominantly dry and warm conditions over the last few weeks have been thanks to a persistent area of high pressure which has resided across the UK for much of the month.
This area of high pressure ‘blocked’ rain bearing low pressure systems from sweeping in off the Atlantic, steering them further north towards Iceland.
As we move in to October, a shift in the weather pattern is expected to take place, as low pressure begins to dominate the weather.
Through the weekend and into next week, conditions will turn much more autumnal with spells of rain forecast and temperatures back to where they should be for the time of year.