CAITHNESS and other parts of the north are set to enjoy more dry and settled conditions under gin-blue skies coupled with virtually unbroken sunshine for the remainder of the week and beyond.
On Sunday afternoon the air temperature in Wick peaked at 21.6C (70.9F). Last Thursday morning the town witnessed a high of 22.5C (72.5F), making it the warmest day in the burgh for any day in June since 2011.
The highest temperature recorded in Wick since 1910 is currently 26.7C (80.1F), witnessed on June 6, 1939. Inland yesterday at locations such as Kinbrace and Altnaharra peak air temperatures were in the range of 25C (77F) to 26C (79F).
High pressure situated over the UK has been and will continue to be responsible for the very fine settled conditions that we have been experiencing. June was notably dry. Wick received 18mm (0.71 of an inch) of rain, or just 34 per cent of the expected amount for the entire month.
The bad news for farmers and fishermen is that the prospect of any significant rainfall over the next week is very remote. High pressure will continue to dominate the UK's weather. This “blocked” pattern will keep the polar front jet stream, and the rain-bearing fronts associated with it, far to the north and the west of the country.