Summer could be on the way – just in time for the start of the big school holidays.

Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens is playing down hopes of a warm spell this weekend but said: “Don’t give up on summer.”

National forecasts have predicted a “super plume” bringing sunshine and hot temperatures for this weekend.

But Salendine Nook-based Mr Stevens reckons those forecasts may be wide of the mark.

“There have been reports suggesting quite strongly that we might see a super plume but I don’t think it will be anything like that,” he said.

“It may get a little warmer towards the back end of the week but the weekend could see sunshine and showers.

“But don’t give up on summer quite yet. We have said before that the second half of summer will be better than the first and that still looks like being the case.

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“As we reach the middle of July we will see a lengthier spell of drier and warmer weather.

“We might have to wait another week or 10 days but the high pressure is finally building and the nice weather might be hanging about longer than a day!”

The muggy night-time temperatures of last weekend will disappear – on Saturday the overnight temperature hit 57F (14C) – as cooler air comes in.

Mr Stevens said July had been cooler than average and Huddersfield hadn’t seen temperatures of 68F (20C) since early June.

Rainfall so far this month was pretty average as July usually has 70mm (2.75in) of rain, much of it coming in heavy, thundery bursts.