Wind up and rain due as weather worsens

SUMMER could be well and truly behind us as temperatures dropped a massive 10 degrees in the last week.

SUMMER could be well and truly behind us as temperatures dropped a massive 10 degrees in the last week.

Today's blustery conditions have led experts to predict the first substantial rainfall in nearly eight months, bringing about an end to the recent drought for farmers and gardeners.

The sudden change in weather is thanks to a deep depression sitting off the north coast of Scotland, generating winds of 20 to 25mph this morning and stronger gusts of 35 to 45mph on the way.

That's near gale force according to weather expert Ken Blowers, who added: “Temperatures are very much lower that we have recently come to expect and will struggle to reach 60 Fahrenheit (16C).

“We are approaching the autumn average now of 57F or 14C and a slight wind chill is making it feel even colder.”

Unsettled weather is predicted for this week and the good news for farmers is the arrival of rainfall - of which they have not seen more than an inch at a time since February. The greatest risk of showers will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.