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‘Wick experiences its hottest day in June for 40 years,’ says local weather pundit


By David G Scott

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Wick’s weather watcher said yesterday (June 24) proved to be one of the town’s hottest since 1984 reaching a balmy 73F.

Keith Banks, who writes a weather column for the John O’Groat Journal, said that summer has finally arrived in Caithness with record temperatures being recorded.

“Summer made its much-craved debut across Caithness on Monday as temperatures soared under gin blue skies coupled with unbroken sunshine,” he said.

Sunshine over the Trinkie at Wick. Picture: DGS
Sunshine over the Trinkie at Wick. Picture: DGS

He says that the average daytime maximum air temperature for June in Wick is 14.3C (57.7F).

“Inland, temperatures were in the range 24C, with the the most favoured locations perhaps hitting 25C or even 26C.

Screenshot showing conditions yesterday as temperatures soared.
Screenshot showing conditions yesterday as temperatures soared.

“The spell of hot weather occurred as a result of an area of high pressure over the southern North Sea, and low pressure located to the west of the British Isles. This pattern created a southerly airflow that wafted some very warm continental air across the country.

“Unfortunately, the hot weather will not last. An Atlantic cold front will move slowly across the far north on Tuesday, bringing cloud, outbreaks of rain, and a return to temperatures closer to the seasonal average.”


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