Heat begins to build

The thermometer on Tuesday steadily rose to a maximum of 23.6C, which was 3.4C above the 37-year average.

The first eight days of June have seen the equivalent loss of 27mm of rainfall through evaporation from plant life and the ground when rainfall is 0.8mm.

The thermometer dropped below the average overnight with a minimum of 7.1C (-3C) due to clear skies and calm conditions.

The twin high pressure centres off the Norwegian coast and Belgium coast are keeping the weather fronts from the Atlantic at bay and producing days with little wind, maximum movements of 13mph, from the south now southwest direction.