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WATCH: Could Cornwall get an Indian summer?


Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:16pm 8th October 2018.

There is a chance Cornwall could just maybe get an Indian summer as things hot up.

Just when we'd unpacked all our jumpers and scarves... temperatures could reach 20C this week.

It comes as a stream of warm air and sunshine sweeps through the UK.

Forecasters say Wednesday is looking like the best day and will be around eight degrees above average.

"The next couple of days should brighten up somewhat, so increasing amounts of sunshine and also a change in wind direction means we're going to get some much warmer air from the south.

"So by Wednesday, by mid-week, we could well be breaking that 20 Celsius mark.

"Then we see a slight dip in temperatures as things turn more unsettled as we end the week, but on Saturday we see a return of the warmth and things could again get very close to 20 Celsius across Cornwall."

Helen Roberts from the Met Office

So is this an Indian summer - and what does that actually mean?

"Well October and autumn are notoriously changeable months, we can and often do get storms pushing through, so deep areas of low pressure like the one we're going to see on Friday bringing wet and windy weather to parts of the UK,

"But we can always see some really lovely crisp autumn sunshine and blue skies and that's what we're going to get a taste of over the next couple of days.

"There's a little bit of confusion and controversy about Indian summers, there is not a clear-cut definition but generally speaking it's a prolonged warm spell, so a prolonged time of temperatures above average with sunshine.

"And we normally talk about it after the first frost has occurred, and we have had a frost albeit a rather localised and fleeting one, so we could just about get away with calling parts of this week an Indian summer.

"But probably a little bit too fleeting really."

Helen Roberts

The Met Office says the average September followed on from a record-breaking summer, June, July and August was one of the warmest on record for the UK.

June was the third-warmest and July the second-warmest in our official national records dating back to 1910, summer 2018 has provisionally been named joint warmest on record with 2006, 2003 and 1976.

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