Experts are predicting we could be in for a little well-deserved sunshine as the Azores High
is currently building up northwards.
Later on Friday, the fleet faced a key decision on how to deal with the Azores High
The oscillation, which is a difference in air pressure between the Iceland Low and the Azores High
, can affect weather across the U.
The prevailing circulation here if western (latitude) air-mass transport, conditioned by interaction of the Azores high
and the Icelandic depression.
Much like the Azores High
or the Siberian High which you might have heard of, Saudi Arabia also has a dominant high pressure system.
On a positive note, the Azores High
looks to be coming our way at present, promising far better September weather, so let's hope that we can enjoy a decent "back-end" to the season and that visitors flock here in the hope of viewing seal pups.
This would push all the low pressure systems (unsettled weather) on a path towards Iceland and allow the normally reliable Azores high
pressure cells (settled weather) to reach the UK.
PWS said this summer could break records because the El Nino weather phenomenon, which warms the Pacific Ocean, combined with the effects of the Atlantic jet stream weather pattern and the Azores high
The weather in Scotland is highly influenced by a semi-permanent pressure system called the Icelandic Low, and that in Morocco by another called the Azores High
Bahrain Team Pindar faced windy conditions as Thompson made his way towards the Azores High
, which is now just 400 miles ahead of him.
With the failure of the Azores high
pressure system this year for the first time since 2001, we can expect to find many more Atlantic fronts bearing down on us, bringing rain and strong winds - bad news for sunbathers, great news for sea watchers - and you never know, one day that albatross might be out there.
He will then follow the South American coast northwards to the Equator, from where he must pick his way through the calms of the Doldrums and those associated with the Azores high
pressure system, to round the island of Flores before returning southwards to the Cape of Good Hope.