Dundee has enjoyed its sunniest summer so far in the 21st Century – with above-average levels of sunshine and drier than expected weather.
Observations recorded by the James Hutton Institute, based in Invergowrie, show a total of 638.6 hours of sunshine were recorded for June, July and August – an average of more than seven hours a day.
It’s the third-sunniest summer recorded by the institute since it began noting weather data in 1954.
Dundee’s sunniest-ever summer was in 1995, when 668 hours of sunshine were recorded across the season.
The second sunniest was in 1976, with 666 hours logged by observers.
However, 2018’s summer was just the eighth warmest – with an average air temperature of 15.1C, and the 20th driest, with 134.8mm of rainfall.
This year’s summer is likely to have missed out on being higher up the charts due to cooler-than-expected conditions in August.
Last month, an average temperature of 14.4C was recorded, when the long-term average was 14.7C. And the highest temperature last month was 24.9C.
As for autumn, the season has started unseasonably mild in Dundee.
Locals have enjoyed temperatures broadly similar to those recorded last month, with the mercury forecast to hit 16C and 17C on Saturday and Sunday.
Bonnie Diamond, forecaster with the Met Office, said these conditions were likely to continue throughout September.
She said: “The average maximum temperature for Scotland in September is usually 14C so it’s a bit above average.
“Monday’s looking largely dry and settled but there will be some heavy rain overnight into Tuesday.
“Beyond the next week or so conditions could turn a bit more unsettled across the UK, with stronger winds possible.
“Overnight temperatures are taking a dip, especially more inland – possibly even into single figures – but by day we’re still staying slightly above average.”