19/08/2012 Countryfile


19/08/2012

Countryfile pays a visit to Grizedale Forest in the heart of the Lake District. Julia Bradbury discovers why the forest is such a haven for mountain bikers.


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A fairly wet afternoon at the Forest today but even with that it

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was still quite muggy, as it has been for many of us. If that has

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been too much for you, this week brings respite. The real heat and

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hot air has been ensconced across western Europe. 31 degrees in

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Cambridge. All of the hot air to the east of these weather fronts.

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We are still dragging in south- westerly winds, the air doesn't get

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that cold. Persistent rain across Scotland and north-east England to

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end the day. That has cleared away. Misty and warm, not as sultry in

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the south-east corner as it has been. We will start the day with

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You are more sunny spells will develop. The showers push eastwards.

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Some of those could be heavy and thundery. They could become more

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persistent during the second half of the day. In between we will see

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sunny spells and that will lift temperatures into the high teens,

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low 20s. The showers across England and Wales are few and far between.

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Many will stay fairly dry. Quite a pleasant day in store. Humidity

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levels dropping. Temperatures The list and low cloud will return

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across many southern and western areas during Monday night into

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Tuesday morning. Most will stay dry, one or two showers later across the

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West, temperature still holding up at 15, to 18 Celsius. For Tuesday,

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the low pressure to the south of Iceland will be driving things. The

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closer you are to that low-pressure system, the more likely you are to

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see showers. Scotland and Northern Ireland becoming slower moving with

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hail and thunder, squally winds which could cause problems. A

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greater chance of showers further south, temperatures falling back to

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what they should be at this time of year. Humidity levels dropping, as

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they will do during Tuesday night into Wednesday. This feature will

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keep the rain showers going for a time overnight. It is low to the

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north, high to the south. A squeeze on the isobars indicating a

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breezier day on Wednesday. Showers from west to east quite rapidly,

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fewer showers in the south and east. The same feature of the low to the

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north, high pressure to the south, maintains into Thursday. Northern

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areas are most likely to see the showers. Fewer showers further

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south. Misty mornings with winds falling lighter. Into Friday,

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slightly different. We see outbreaks of rain developing,

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spreading erratically northwards. Bright in the far north. Exactly

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where the heaviest of the rain is dependent on the position of the

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Countryfile pays a visit to Grizedale Forest in the heart of the Lake District. Julia Bradbury discovers why the forest is such a haven for mountain bikers - so much so that it is home to the only purpose built black-run for bikes in the country.

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