Cloudy in the northwest

Sunrise 0515 BST on 31 August 2020

I have often thought that you see as much blue skies in cyclonic situations as you do in anticyclonic situations across the north of Scotland, and so it was with the fleeting anticyclone we saw this weekend. The cloud did prevent a frost last night, which I’m sure under longer clear spells would have been at least of moderate intensity. It was a cold night further south over southern Scotland and northern England where it remained clearer closer to the centre of the high. Winds have already backed into the south across Scotland ahead of the frontal system now making inroads across the west of Ireland. The seven eighths of stratocumulus at five thousand feet couldn’t prevent a colourful, if short lived, sunrise this morning replete with some anticrepuscular rays.

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