Is this really summer? The month of July has been a complete washout in Bristol, while the rest of Europe has faced some (quite worryingly) scorching weather. It’s hard to imagine that we were having heatwaves in this country this time last year. Obviously, with summer slipping away, we’ve been wondering: When will it stop raining in Bristol?
Well, the good news is that it will stop raining in Bristol soon. Just not quite as soon as many of us might hope for. So maybe don’t start planning those trips to the beach just yet. According to BBC Weather, the weather looks to remain unsettled into early August “with further showers or longer periods of rain, occasional thunderstorms and gusty winds, along with some brighter, calmer interludes.” Doesn’t sound promising, does it?
Tomorrow (July 28) looks to actually be quite nice in Bristol (yay!) but the rain does look set to return over the weekend, hanging around all of next week (July 31 to August 6) too. The BBC warns that next week another “low-pressure system crosses the northern UK, dragging a frontal system across all other areas.” So expect it to continue to be wet and windy for a while.
None of this actually answers the question: When will it stop raining in Bristol? Well, keep your eye out for the following Monday. During the period August 7 to 20, a drier trend is predicted through the middle of the month. High pressure is starting to build northwards towards the UK. So by the second week of August, places like Bristol should be drier although still not offering consistently dry weather.
However, the Met Office is being a bit more cautious with its predictions. (The BBC uses MeteoGroup.) Between August 10 and 24, it says things are “likely to remain fairly changeable for the most part through mid to late August.” So don’t start planning those seaside trips, outdoor swimming days, and alfresco dining reservations just yet.
“This means further rain or showers at times throughout the UK, with north-western and western areas perhaps seeing the wettest conditions.” it continues. “Some showers may turn heavy and thundery. These unsettled spells are likely to be accompanied by strong winds, which will accentuate the rather cool feel during these periods. There is a possibility, increasingly towards the second half of August, of a greater incidence of short spells of more settled and warmer weather with lighter winds.”
So you’re telling me there’s a chance, yeah! But until then, at least there are still plenty of rainy-day activities to do in Bristol in the meantime.