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Week's Forecast

Teesdale weekly forecast, issued Sunday 15th October, valid Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd October, next update by Sunday 22nd.Windy and unsettled.The jetstream will be quite strong again this week and will contain ex-hurricane Ophelia for the first part of the week. After that the powerful jet will steer several Atlantic depressions our way bringing an unsettled and windy week with rain and showers on most days. Keep an eye on the daily forecasts as further stormy weather could arrive at the weekend. This week's overall prediction for mid-Teesdale:- high 18°C (65°F), low 5°C (41°F) precipitation 35mm (1.5in), sunshine 30hr, high gust 60mph. Risks:- flooding high, gale high, ground frost medium.The main event this week is Hurricane Ophelia. This has moved the furthest east of any hurricane in modern records, some say because of warming waters in the Atlantic. By the time it reaches our latitude it will no longer be a hurricane as our sea temperatures are too low to support such a feature. It will still pack a punch for our region when it passes close-by early on Tuesday with gales and some damage possible. Some really warm air has been pulled north by the storm and this can hold large amounts of rainfall, so there is the potential for some wet weather as well.Last week's weather:- Screen temperature 11.5°C (normally 8.6°C) High 17°C(63°F) Friday. Low 5°C (41°F) Thursday. Windiest 50mph Wednesday. Precipitation 13mm (norm 21mm). Sunshine 14hr (norm 22hr).Ophelia is affecting the UK exactly 30 years after the Great Storm of 1987. That was an ex-hurricane as well, Michael Fish was quite correct as it was not a hurricane but it was very windy as he predicted. Then the media became involved. This week’s storms have been really well forecast and publicised so people should not be surprised this time.Ken Cook’s 12 hourly Teesdale forecasts, http:// www.kencook.magix.net



COPLEY CLIMATOLOGICAL STATION altitude 253metres(830feet) Met. Office manned observing site.