Glasgow weather: Met Office warns July heatwave for UK could be a ‘long way ahead’

If you are hoping for a heatwave this summer, you may have to wait until next week to find out what type of weather we’re going to get with experts at the Met Office stating we could have to wait a while.

The Met Office took to TikTok to address the heatwave rumours. (Image: Met Office/Tik Tok.)

Now that we’re well into July, we can only expect one thing – and that’s some decent weather.

Whether you’re jetting abroad or staying put, it’s always nice to soak up the sun.

And it seems this month we could have a heatwave – however that is a very big ‘could’ according to some experts.

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Taking to TikTok to explain what’s going on, a Met Office forecaster cleared up exactly what we can expect to happen in the UK.

The forecaster explained: “Have you heard there’s a heatwave this July? At the moment that’s a very big maybe.

“This week it is going to get warmer by the weekend. We could be in the mid to high 20s for some but there’s nothing unusual about that in July.

“It’s next week where temperatures could go up a notch but – and it’s a pretty big but – at the moment there’s a lot of what we call spread.”

Showing an example of a weather chart he continued: “We run the computer model several times so you don’t just get one temperature for each day, you get several – that’s the spread.

“The spike at the top is suggesting that one or two computer models predict extreme temperatures but many are suggesting temperatures are close to average. The most likely scenario is the fat bit in the middle where temperatures are above or well-above average but not extreme.

“We really are talking a long way ahead here and for these long-range forecasts, there’s more probabilistic way of looking at things or an ensemble forecast as they’re known, which can be much more useful than just looking at one weather forecast that can chop and change day on day.”

Met Office: Glasgow’s five day weather forecast

Today

Dry, bright this morning with some sunshine. Clouding over this afternoon with some patchy rain developing across west Argyll, spreading eastwards this evening. Westerly winds freshening later. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Tonight

A cloudy night with outbreaks of rain. The rain will be most persistent and heavier across north Argyll. It will be a mild night with strengthening westerly winds. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

Wednesday

Cloudy with further outbreaks of rain and misty conditions, especially over Argyll and the Clyde Coast. Rain will become light, patchy during afternoon with drier weather developing. Strong westerly winds. Maximum temperature 16 °C.

Glasgow restaurants to serve tea hailed as world’s best by Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres

This tea is apparently all the rave in Hollywood and now it can be found in two popular Indian restaurants and in Holland and Barrett too. Here’s what the stars have said about it.

A taste of Hollywood has come to Glasgow, with two city restaurants now serving up a tea hailed by showbiz royalty as the best in the world.

VAHDAM® India tea has been in Oprah Winfrey‘s favourite things list over the last few years and was even included in the Oscars goodie bag this year. Oprah said of it: “I’m in love, I’m in love. I’m in love, I’m in love I’m in love with a wonderful chai. Shipped directly from India.”

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Furthermore, Ellen Degeneres has also raved about the tea, calling it the best brew ever, urging: “Repeat after me: BEST. TEA. EVER. They provide the best tea in the business. Can’t beat that”.

Vahdam teas
The popular Vahdam teas

Mariah Carey is also on the bandwagon has said: “If you know me, you know how much love good tea! Find your tea dahhlings.”

Previously only available to buy online and in North America, VAHDAM® India tea is now being served up at the city’s Dhabba and Dakhin Indian restaurants.

Navdeep Basi who owns the North and South Indian restaurants in Glasgow’s Candelriggs decided to let Glaswegians try it for themselves and is now offering a taste of flavours including Turmeric and White Ginger, Turmeric and Ashwagandha, the ancient herb renowned for helping the body manage stress and referred to as ‘Indian ginseng’, and Turmeric and Saffron – as well as Chai teas.

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Glasgow Allergy and Free From Show Scotland: Everything you need to know

If you need to live a life sticking to products that are classed as ‘free from’ whether it’s latex, gluten or dairy, then this allergy and free from show could be for you – here’s what you need to know about the event.

The Allergy and Free From Show Scotland is coming back next year. (Image: Allergy and Free From Show.)

There are a number of events happening in Glasgow over the next year with music festivals taking place across the city.

And one event that’s proved popular time after time will soon be coming to the SEC.

If you live with allergies, intolerances, coeliac disease, hay fever or eczema, then this event could be right down your street.

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This event is catered for people who need to live a ‘free from’ life whether that’s avoiding gluten, wheat, eggs, nuts, dairy or other non food items such as dust mites, latex or any other material.

The Allergy and Free From Show Scotland boats thousands of free from products from household names to start-up brands – all coming to Scotland’s flagship community event.

In addition to selling products, there will be cooking demos, seminars, expert advice, skin consultations and more.

New summer festival is ‘Making Waves’ near Glasgow with top bands and seaside fun for all ages

Del Amitiri, Twin Atlantic and Fatherson are among the names heading to Irvine this summer for the launch of Scotland’s new seaside festival, Making Waves.

Taking place on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2022, the weekend festival brings the long-awaited and highly-anticipated return of live music to Irvine Beach Park and Harbourside.

Set in a stunning coastal location with the Isle of Arran as a backdrop, the festival will offer something for everyone.

Saturday’s event caters to music-lovers with performances from Scottish alternative rock legends Del Amitri, Twin Atlantic and Fatherson, who will be joined on the open-air stage by JJ Gilmour, Blue Rose Code, Nerina Pallot and Anna Sweeney to deliver an eclectic mix of music for festival-goers.

The world-renowned RAF Red Arrows will also take to the sky and provide a spectacular aerobatic display to kick-start the festival, breaking a 29-year absence from the skies of Irvine, having last performed in the area in 1993 during a Radio 1 Roadshow.

Sunday’s event offers a range of family-friendly entertainment with traditional and tribute acts, including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Abbamania, Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs, XSM (Ex Simple Mind) and Junkman’s Choir.

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DON’T MISS SCOTLAND’S NEW SEASIDE FESTIVAL, MAKING WAVES

But that’s not all…

Throughout the weekend, there will also be free entry to the Scottish Maritime Museum, with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities, a family fun fair, and a ‘makers market’.

The Harbour Arts Centre will offer a range of arts and crafts and drama activities, and the Courtyard Studios will hold an Open Studios weekend.

Stalls and exhibits will be dotted along the Harbourside with additional activities and taster sessions of water-based activities like paddle boarding.

The Harbourside also boasts fantastic food and drink from a variety of individual, local businesses.

As Scotland’s new seaside festival, Making Waves is being arranged by North Ayrshire Council in partnership with local groups and organisations including Freckfest and Scottish Maritime Museum.

Enjoy family activities on and off the water throughout the festival weekend

Council leader, Marie Burns said: “Making Waves Festival aims to reignite imagination and showcase the location as a serious contender for open-air events.

“After all, the area has a rich history as an outdoor music venue, particularly throughout the 90s when it played host to iconic Radio 1 Roadshows and era-defining gigs by music giants including Oasis.

“Even if you’re not a music-lover, there will be lots to see and do, so why not get your friends and family together and join us for a weekend of entertainment at our stunning coastal location.”

Get your tickets today

Tickets are priced at £45 per person on Saturday, July 23 and £15 per person on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Tickets are now on sale here. Those aged five and under can get a free ticket.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person from the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine during regular opening hours, or by phone on 01294 274059.

The festival is accessible by public transport, with the Harbourside and Beach Park only a short walk from Irvine train station which has a direct link with Glasgow Central.

Brawl breaks out at Mrs Brown’s Boys at Glasgow Hydro while fans think it’s all ‘part of show

One fan said at the time that it was a “great show, except from the ‘extras’ that had to be heard in the audience” – talking about what turned out to be a fight in the stalls.

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MRS. BROWN’S BOYS D’BRAWL

A fight reportedly broke out at the Glasgow’s OVO Hydro during a Mrs Brown’s Boy’s ‘D’Tour’ live show at the weekend.

Audience members of the Glasgow show complained of a “10-minute punch-up” that took place shortly after the beginning of the performance on Saturday night. Fans had gathered at the OVO Hydro to watch Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll’s hit BBC One sitcom live, when the brawl broke out, reports the Irish Mirror.

The performance was temporarily stopped as security waded in to separate the fight, as the gig continued once the people were removed from the crowd. One show-goer wrote on the Mrs Brown’s Boys public Facebook page after to discuss the fight.

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They said: ““Don’t know what was funnier the actual performance or the fact the show stopped whilst the fight was happening in the crowd.” Another noted that they “thought it was part of the show”.

A third said: “Great show, except from the ‘extras’ that had to be heard in the audience.” One Facebook user confirmed the events that went down, writing: “Someone was fighting lol and then one behind me was very loud and drunk. Ended up crying. But the security were fantastic and took her outside untill she calmed down and got back in lol.”

The live show of Mrs Brown’s Boys is currently touring the UK, and will continue in Edinburgh later this month. Saturday’s show was one of three performances that took place over the weekend in Glasgow.

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Man charged over ‘unattended bag’ at Glasgow Airport after terminal evacuated

The terminal was evacuated for around two hours and access restricted as police carried out the necessary check to ensure the area was safe, and it was found that the bag posed no risk to the public.

The domestic arrivals terminal was locked down for around two hours (Image: Daily Record)

A man has been arrested in connection with an unattended bag incident which saw an area of Glasgow Airport evacuated.

Police were called to the airport around 6.30pm on Monday (July 4) amid concerns over an unattended bag.

The Daily Record reports that a 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged following the incident, which saw the domestic arrivals terminal closed while police conducted checks of the area. All incoming flights at the time were diverted to the international arrivals terminal and some passengers were left unable to disembark.

He is due to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court today.

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A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “At approximately 6.30pm on Monday 4 July, Police Scotland attended the airport following reports of an unattended bag in domestic arrivals. Access to this part of the terminal was temporarily restricted, as is standard procedure, while checks were carried out. The area reopened at 8.30pm.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 6.30pm on Monday, 4 July, 2022, officers received a report of an unattended bag in the domestic arrivals hall of Glasgow Airport. The area was evacuated as a precaution. Following enquiries, it was established there was no risk to the public.

“The airport was then fully re-opened. A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with this incident.

“He is due to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday, 5 July. A report will be forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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Fascinating footage explores creepy abandoned Paisley hospital plagued by vandalism

Since the old Royal Alexandra Infirmary building was closed in 1987, some of the wings were refurbished and repurposed – though others have been left to the elements.

Some buildings of the Royal Alexandra Infirmary has been left to rot since 2008 (Image: YouTube – Urbandoned)

Footage found online explores Paisley’s old Royal Alexandra Infirmary building, which has been left to rot for decades.

While some of the former infirmary buildings have been converted into new uses, much of the fine structure is in a dilapidated state. Having stood since the 1890s, and suffered damages of fire and vandalism, the Renfrewshire hospital has been the feature of several campaigns hoping to save it.

In clips uploaded to YouTube from Urbandoned, we see the former hospital as it stands – with nature taking control over the building, and greenery blooming from every spot. As the explorers tell us, the infirmary has been boarded up since 2008 with metal shutters on almost every window.

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Built in 1896 by architect TG Abercrombie, the buildings are often considered some of his most impressive work in Paisley. When it was opened it offered 234 beds, three pavilions, a separate block for infectious patients and a 100-seat chapel.

Its stunning designs have all but disappeared, covered by boards and shrubbery.

While it’s definitely not recommended, the team at Urbandoned manage to find a way into the building through a door to a basement room – which then leads them upstairs. Moving their way round the rotting structure they find walls covered with graffiti, crumbling staircases and stained glass windows that have been smashed in.

Vandalism and fire have plagued the building (Image: YouTube - Urbandoned)
Vandalism and fire have plagued the building (Image: YouTube – Urbandoned)

Much of the damage has been caused by fire, most recently in March this year when a mystery blaze caused the nearby buildings to be evacuated. Fire teams confirmed nobody was injured, and the fire failed to destroy the historic structure.

The Infirmary was closed for good in 1987, when the new hospital opened in Craw Road. Part of the building was then used as a care home, while the rest was converted into flats in 1995.

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After the care home closed in 2008, this part of the former Infirmary began to deteriorate – and was eventually placed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland in 2010.

Last year, with threats of the wrecking ball, one passionate local launched a campaign to try and save the rotting hospital.

Jim McIlroy said: “I am asking for the support of Paisley residents to send a clear message that we want the wilful neglect of this listed building to stop. “Further inaction is not acceptable and we are battling to have this historic property secured, re-sold and redeveloped. This historically important listed building has deliberately been left to rot and it’s now in a dangerous state.

Many of the hospitals original fittings and furniture have remained in place (Image: YouTube - Urbandoned)
Many of the hospitals original fittings and furniture have remained in place (Image: YouTube – Urbandoned)

“It’s been ignored for too long and that’s encouraged anti-social and criminal behaviour It’s important for the people who live around it that something is done and it’s important for the town that our listed buildings are saved, restored and redeveloped.”

A spokesman for Renfrewshire Council responded: “It is unfortunate that the Royal Alexandra Infirmary building has been allowed to deteriorate to the extent it has, and we share the frustration of the local community. As it is a privately-owned building, the council has very little scope to intervene, beyond making sure the building is safe.

The crumbling building saw a blaze in March (Image: YouTube - Urbandoned)
The crumbling building saw a blaze in March (Image: YouTube – Urbandoned)

“We have been in contact with the owner over the years and understand his aim is to sell.”

As it stands, the structure remains on the Buildings at Risk list – and no updates have been given on its purchase.

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Scotland ‘cocaine capital of the world’ warns Glasgow documentary

A new documentary by Vice as part of its High Society series investigates cocaine use in Glasgow, and it refers to Scotland as the “cocaine capital of the world”

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The documentary calls it “one of the world’s deadliest drug crises”

Scotland has been referred to as the “cocaine capital of the world” in a new documentary.

Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? is a short film produced by Vice as part of its High Society series. These videos focus on drug use in and around the UK.

According to the makers of the short film, “Scotland has the highest level of cocaine consumption on the planet.” They add: “This epidemic is adding to one of the world’s deadliest drug crises”.

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Is Scotland the New Cocaine Capital? features reporter Josh Osbourne speaking with cocaine dealers and users to learn more about why the drug is so popular in the country.

He states: “Scotland has the highest level of cocaine consumption in the world, with Scots taking about 1.2g of coke per session — double the global average.”

Pablo, an anonymous cocaine dealer seen in the documentary, states: “Eighty per cent of the people I know that are my age take it. It’s one of these things, when people get a drink in them up here, they just end up going mental.”

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The documentary details the increasing prevalence of cocaine users taking the drug via injection as opposed to snorting. As stated by reporter Osbourne, “this has led to an outbreak of HIV because cocaine is injected more frequently than heroin”.

According to Joe, a cocaine user featured in the film, doing this allows the drug “into the system quicker”. He continues: “I’ve been injecting it into the groin for about a year now. I just wanted to get it into me quicker.”

The documentary then goes onto to examine the government’s “failed” efforts in the war on drugs, and the crime families behind the distribution of cocaine in Glasgow.

It also investigates possible solutions to the problem. Simon McCleane, a former undercover cop, states that the aim should be to “decriminalise”. He adds: “Not just to have a free for all, that everyone can go and buy drugs whenever they want — that’s actually how it is right now.

“We need to put a system of regulation in place, that we take control of what people are buying, where they’re buying it, who they’re buying it from, and we take control of that marketplace and keep people safe.”

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Glasgow pub cancels Alex Salmond event over ‘political’ concerns as Alba “transphobia” claims made

The Record Factory on Byres Road was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event.
The Record Factory on Byres Road was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event. (Image: PA)

West End pub cancelled an Alex Salmond event over concerns it was “political ” amid a councillor complaint that the music venue was hosting the “transphobia obsessed” Alba Party.

The Record Factory was due to host the wee Alba book Roadshow Summer of Independence event on Saturday with former First Minister Mr Salmond. But now the party has been forced to find a different location.

It comes after Glasgow Green councillor Blair Anderson expressed “disappointment” that The Record Factory was “welcoming the business of a party obsessed with transphobia”.

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Reacting to the politician’s comments the Alba Party said it would take legal advice and said the “Standards Commission will be required to investigate”.

It is understood the event is now due to take place at the Grosvenor Hotel, which Councillor Anderson has also written to expressing concern.

Commenting on no longer holding the event, The Record Factory owner Paul McJimpsey said: “We made the decision not to host event, simply because we don’t want to be seen as supporters of any party. This is purely what the decision was based on.”

He said a team member booked the event on Friday thinking it “was a book launch, not a political rally event”.
He added: “Once we established it was a political event the organiser was contacted on Saturday afternoon to inform her that it’s not a type of event we would host ( for any political party).”

Mr McJimpsey said the decision was “not based on any posts from the Green Party or any other third party” and “was made purely on the fact that being seen as supporting any political party will just upset others outwith that party”.

Before the cancellation, Councillor Anderson said he would write to The Record Factory “to state my disappointment that they are welcoming the business of a party obsessed with transphobia.”

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Councillor Anderson said: “I’m using my free speech to let the venue know people would be disappointed.

“I have a duty of care to my trans and queer constituents who might be going out for a drink on Saturday night.”

Pointing out the Record Factory is in his ward, the Partick East/Kelvindale politician said he is not trying “to cancel Alba” but wants venues to know people would be disappointed if they are not “taking social responsibility seriously”.

Following his questioning of the location of the Alba event, Councillor Blair, 24, said he was subjected to homophobic abuse from Twitter users who also made ageist comments.

The Alba Party is opposed to the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, which would allow trans people to legally change their own gender without requiring a medical diagnosis.

Chris McEleny, General Secretary of Alba Party said they have “held events promoting Scottish independence in halls in towns and cities across Scotland”.

He said: “It is bitterly disappointing that a Scottish Green Party Councillor has attempted to hinder the independence campaign.”

Mr McEleny added: “The party are taking legal advice on the matter, however it is very concerning that the councillor appears to have attempted to exert pressure on a licensed premises to influence its operation, outwith the proper Quasi-Judicial process.”

He said it “is a matter that the Standards Commission will be required to investigate so it would not be appropriate to comment further”.

He continued: “However, Alba Party will not be bullied into silence. We will continue to make the case for independence even if the Green Party try to stop us and we will continue to support the right of women to have their voices heard in opposition to the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.”

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Drivers issued important update as new rule for all cars in Scotland in force

Drivers in Scotland have been issued a warning as a new rule comes into force from July 6 in a bid to make our roads safer after 6,000 motorists caught speeding every day in the UK last year.

All cars sold in Scotland and the UK will be fitted with a speed limiter, drivers have been told.

The new addition is set to control speed limiters on cars as the Home Office reports there were over 6,000 motorists caught speeding every day in the UK last year. This comes as the new Highway Code rules came into force this year to make roads more safe for road users, giving pedestrians and cyclists more priority.

It appears the speed limiters will be useful to many after around 2,400 people Google search this per month to find out what’s the national speed limit in the UK, according to Vanarama. It is a maximum of 60mph on a single carriageway and 70mph on dual carriageways. Most motorists will be familiar with the national speed limit road sign, which has a diagonal black rectangle intersecting a white circle from the top right to bottom left. This denotes where the national speed limit begins.

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Speed limiters will be added to every new car sold from July 6 and here’s everything you need to know about them.

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What is a speed limiter?

It is a safety device that can be fitted in your car so that your vehicle doesn’t cross a certain speed set by you. Unlike cruise control, which maintains a consistent speed throughout your journey to eliminate the use of the accelerator, a speed limiter allows you to accelerate and decelerate as you normally would, provided you don’t go above the speed limit you set. It therefore helps you be more conscious of your driving speed as opposed to making long drives easier, which is the main purpose of cruise control.

Why are speed limiters important?

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has been pushing for the use of mandatory speed limiters as this is predicted to reduce collisions by 30 per cent. The European Commission, meanwhile, anticipates that the use of this technology, along with other measures included in the legislation, could prevent 140,000 serious road traffic injuries by 2038. The commission also hopes to bring road deaths down to zero by 2050.

What happens if a new driver is caught speeding?

Simply put, if new drivers are caught speeding which results in 6 or more penalty points being added to their license within the first two years of passing their driving test, they will be disqualified from driving and their driving license will be revoked.

How much is a speeding fine?

If you’ve been caught speeding in the UK, the amount you will be fined will depend by how many miles per hour you were driving over the limit when you were caught. Speeding fines in the UK are related to your weekly income, with the following being their starting point:

  • Band A – 50 per cent of your weekly income
  • Band B – 100 per cent of your weekly income
  • Band C – 150 per cent of your weekly income

Although speeding fines are based on your income, there are limits in place. The minimum amount you will be fined is £100. Although not a concrete rule, first time offenders may receive a £100 fine and three points on their license if their offence isn’t excessive. However, if you were speeding on a motorway the maximum fine increases to £2,500.

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