Indian summer forecast with mini-heatwave
A mini-heatwave is forecast to begin in the Westcountry – and could be followed by another in October.
Temperatures are expected to hit 23 degrees in parts of Devon and Cornwall during a warm week and dry week, from Tuesday onwards.
Large amounts of sunshine and light winds are likely to make conditions feel pleasant across most of the region.
Forecaster at the Exeter-based Met Office, Mark Wilson, said it was “good news” after cool and often cloudy conditions last week. The dry and fine weather will extend until Friday before a wet weather system arrives by the weekend.
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“It could be a shock to the system,” said Mr Wilson.
“We’re expecting a much more unsettled weekend with bands of heavy and prolonged rain in the region.”
The fine week of welcome sunshine will bring another boost to the region’s tourism industry which has already enjoyed a record-breaking year. Tourism bosses admitted they breathed a collective “sigh of relief” after enjoying the best August for five years.
Several summer washouts, including during the critical six-week school holidays, combined with the poor state of the economy had raised serious concerns among tourism businesses.
But the number of visitors bounced back after the heatwave in July and in August which was dominated by consistently high temperatures and long spells of unbroken sunshine.
Robin Barker, who leads Devon-based company Services for Tourism, described the latest forecast as “fantastic news”.
“Only ten years ago people talked about the end of the season being September.
“But now it’s the start of another season in the tourism industry when people without children or children in pre-school want to have a break.
“The longer the warm weather continues, the longer the season lasts,” he added.
Met Office forecaster Juliet Gardner added: “People may call this week’s spell an Indian summer.
“This warmer, sunnier weather will feel much more pleasant. There will be some lovely weather.”
But it may not be the final warm weather of the year as forecasters predict another long spell of fine weather next month across the southern and eastern parts of the UK.
A Met Office spokesman said: “After a relatively unsettled start to October, most places can expect to see some more in the way of settled periods of weather through the month. Temperatures should remain close to average but it may be warm at times in the south and east.”