Its officially the end of summer – but the good weather is

first_imgSorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the summer is officially over.August 31 marks the day our summer finishes and our awaiting for the start of autumn begins, likely to be followed by some Game of Thrones-inspired jokes that winter is coming. Blue skies on the last day of summer 😎☀️🎉👏🏼 #CaledonianPark #caledonianroad #blueskies #su…— Andréa Avena (@andrea_avena) August 31, 2016 People enjoy the hot weather on Boscombe Beach, DorsetCredit:PA Others celebrated the last day of summer  The end of summer has not gone down well on Twitter According to the Met Office: “The meteorological seasons consists of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each.“These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.”For the weather optimists out there however, there are still a few more weeks of summer left to enjoy if referring to the astronomical calendar.“The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.”This year, the astronomical summer began on 20 June 2016 and ends on 22 September 2016. What can we expect in September? “The weekend and into next week look likely to be rather unsettled with some rain and strong winds,” the Met Office says. “Thereafter some further unsettled conditions are expected but a more settled period is possible during the middle to latter part of September.”The Met Office’s long range forecast (5-14 September) adds: “An unsettled start to the week across most parts, with outbreaks of rain at times, heaviest in the northwest where gales are possible.“Towards the middle of the week southern parts will probably see a more settled spell develop, with plenty of dry, fine and warm weather.“There is a reasonable chance that this fine weather will spread to all parts later in the week.”Earlier this month, this spectacular red rainbow illuminated this historic English town – but what caused it?Meanwhile, another photographer captured this blood red moon looming over New York in these stunning photos. @metoffice this makes us sad… it’s surely too early to say goodbye to #Summer :(— PRM Waste Systems (@PRMWasteSystems) August 30, 2016 Last day of summer today, back to work tomorrow.— Sam Flynn (@l0x2a) August 31, 2016 So when does summer officially end?It depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological summer, according to the Met Office.The meteorological summer began on 1 June 2016 and ends on 31 August 2016, meaning today is officially the last day of the sunshine season. The last day of summer couldn’t be better— Alexander™️ (@IfeverIgetthere) August 31, 2016 @metoffice would have been nice to have had some of it… 😩🌧— Craig (@CNoz1986) August 31, 2016 Damn, meteorologically it’s the last day of summer but I’m not done with it yet :/— Matthias Daniel (@MatthiasDaniel) August 31, 2016 end of summer  August is set to become the hottest on recordand forecasters believe the warm weather will continue this week.Chris Page, a forecaster at the Met Office, said many places had seen “wall to wall sunshine” over the Bank Holiday weekend, with the weather remaining “quite fine and settled”. Bookmakers slashed the odds on the month breaking previous records following highs of 25C on Sunday. Last day of friggin summer and I’m stuck working until 5— Jillian Maghini (@jillian_maghini) August 31, 2016 Oh no! It’s the last day of meteorological summer!Who let this happen!!!— Scott Ealy Now (@TheScottEaly) August 31, 2016  A man sunbathing in Hyde park, London Some reasons to be cheerfulThe warm weather looks set to continue, at least for the next few days. Last day of summer……. School tomorrow……….— ㅤ (@drinkwithgomez) August 31, 2016 Did you know? Today is the last day of meteorological #summer— Met Office (@metoffice) August 31, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The long range forecast (5-14 September)  A man sunbathing in Hyde park, LondonCredit:PA Love autumn? Tomorrow is the last day of meteorological #summer! Learn how we define seasons— Met Office (@metoffice) August 30, 2016 Meteorologists say that today is the last day of Summer, but we might think otherwise!— Church Lane Flowers (@churchlanepetal) August 31, 2016last_img read more