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BBC Weather: Last day of sunshine as temperatures set to plummet to single figures

BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor said Wednesday will be the last of the sunny weather as autumnal breezes are expected to force temperatures down. A band of cloud and rain is slowly moving across central England but temperatures in the southeast will reach highs of 24C. Mr Taylor said: “For many of you, a dry day with a bit of sunshine around, still quite humid in southern areas as it was yesterday but a fresher feel in the next 24 hours.

“That fresher air will come across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Temperatures are around double figures for many, notice 17C-18C across central England.

“That is tied in with some cloud.

“A bit of a damp start for some in northwest England, north and west Wales.

“That thicker cloud and patchy rain and drizzle will work its way south throughout the day.

“A lot more sunshine across northern and west areas compared to yesterday although a few showers in Scotland.

“By the afternoon the weather front will be across southern counties but temperatures will reach highs of 24C.”

Mr Taylor added through the evening the fresher air will force temperatures down.

He added: “Tomorrow morning’s commute will be a cooler one.”

It comes as an expert has said the move indoors during colder months may not drive up COVID-19 numbers on its own.

Instead, a behavioural change with people from different households mixing and possibly not wearing masks could be a potential way for the virus to spread.

Professor Ben Neuman, chairman of biological sciences at Texas A and M University-Texarkana, and visiting associate professor at the University of Reading, said the winter could potentially have some benefits.


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He told the PA news agency: “The move indoors for the winter may not be likely to drive up COVID-19 numbers on its own.

“A cold winter can bring on its own mini-quarantine, as we stay home to avoid bad weather, and comes with a bit of natural PPE in the form of scarves and gloves.

“Instead, look for changes in behaviour that lead to mixing of people from different households, especially where masks would not be worn, as a potential source of COVID-19 – school reopenings, dinner parties, restaurants.”

He added that some analysis leans too heavily on the influenza virus – which peaks in winter, but that most viruses are not as strictly seasonal as the flu.

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