Huddersfield was unlucky with the weather at the weekend with torrential rain culminating in around 75 lightning strikes in our area on Saturday teatime.

Low clouds lurk over Huddersfield on Saturday - click below for pictures

 

But things should quickly settle down this week with sunny days ahead – and the outlook for July and August is looking more than promising.

Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens said the weather over the weekend was good in places around 70 miles from here – particularly south of Sheffield and north Nottinghamshire – but the sun just failed to really breakthrough over Huddersfield and the surrounding.

“It was disappointing and frustrating, particularly on Friday,” said Paul. “We had around an inch of rain on Friday and Saturday which can be classed as a very wet day. The problem was that a layer of strata cloud set in above as at between 1,000ft and 1,200ft.”

He said temperatures still reached 22.6°C (72.7°F) – but would have soared as high as 29°C (84.2°F)if the sun had broken through. They didn’t drop below 16°C (60.8°F) at night.

Paul added: “The air was so warm and moist after the thunderstorm that there was condensation on the outside of windows.”

But he revealed that things could have been worse as the main thunderstorm struck in a line from Sheffield up through the Vale of York. He monitored the thunderstorm via his computer which showed there were around 75 lightning strikes in and around Huddersfield and Kirklees.”

But things now look to be picking up and Paul is hoping for a “spectacularly sunny” summer.

High pressure will now move in meaning the sun will come out far more and temperatures should be reaching 24°C (75.2°F), possibly even touching 27°C (80.6°F) by Thursday and Friday.

“July and August look like they will be really good – sunny and warm,” said Paul.

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