Bleak and wet days are forecast across much of the UK before temperatures start to rise again towards the end of the week. The Met Office predicts the south will see warmer weather with more rain over the next week.
Showers and sunny spells are expected for many on Thursday (September 14), as a ring of cloud continues across central parts of the country for much of the day, breaking the longest heatwave of September.
Rainfall is forecast to increase in northern parts on Friday, with some other regions also experiencing locally heavier downpours. After some morning fog, much of England and Wales will have mostly fine, dry weather.
The temperature may rise up to 25-26 degrees on Saturday
Meteorologist Alex Deakin commented on the 10-day trend, saying: “A combination of rising heat and the jet stream pushing north may well trigger more thunderstorms – a bit like last weekend, with the heat coming from the south, we expect some big downpours.”
Although this week has been colder than last, when the UK suffered the biggest seven-day heatwave ever recorded in September, temperatures are expected to rise again on Saturday.
The Met Office predicts that temperatures in the south, including cities such as Kent, Sussex and Greater London, will reach between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
“It’s likely to be very warm in the south, but not as hot as last weekend,” Deakin added, “but temperatures will certainly reach the 20s in some places.”
The Met Office long-range weather forecast for 18 to 27 September predicts unsettled weather will continue for the rest of September, with widespread rain or thundery showers. These, however, will be related to a warm, moist air mass that will clear to the east at this early hour.
UK forecast for the next five days
On Friday, September 15.
The rain will continue and some areas will receive heavy rain. The rain had stopped in Northern Ireland by late afternoon. After some morning fog, much of England and Wales is thin and dry. The south is starting to warm up.
It rained overnight in north-west England and south Scotland tonight. In the rest of the country the weather is mostly dry and with clear skies. In the south the weather will be mild, with a chance of strong storms in the southwest later.
Saturday, September 16
Cloudy with showers in the north. Elsewhere, sunny periods with scattered showers, some of which are heavy with thunder, will later be followed by widespread showers from the southwest.
Forecast for Sunday, September 17 to Tuesday, September 19
On Sunday there will be humidity and strong storms moving north. More heavy, thunderous rain is expected on Monday, but it will be dry and cooler from the south. Rain is expected to arrive on Tuesday.
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