UK weather forecast: Scorching Jubilee begins with highs of 23C ahead of washout weekend

The Met Office is predicting long sunny spells for much of the country today and temperatures could peak at 23C on Friday, but heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected over the weekend

It's going to be hot and sunny today with highs of 22C
It’s going to be hot and sunny today with highs of 22C

Brits face a warm and sunny first day of the long Bank Holiday, with temperatures reaching 22C, but the weekend could well be a washout with heavy rain and thunderstorms.

A high pressure area is sweeping across much of the UK today, bringing long spells of sunshine and temperatures in the high teens or low 20C range, but weather will become more unsettled over the weekend.

There could be highs of 23C on Friday but then a low pressure south of the UK will bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to southern parts of England on Saturday and Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “For most parts of the country the first part of the bank holiday is fair over this long weekend, lots of dry and sunny weather, after that things get a bit more complicated.”

He said that while there have been heavy showers across the country in recent days, they should give way to clear skies by Thursday.

Weather is expected to remain sunny through Friday, with temperatures rising to 23C in the south


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“It’s getting quite chilly through some of Scotland’s sheltered valleys, not far from freezing, and for most places we’re in the single digits on Thursday. But overall it’s going to be a sunny start to the holidays,” said Mr Deakin.

“There will be one exception to the rule and that is Northern Ireland where we will see an increasing amount of cloud and eventually some rain.

“And we have seen a few showers brush the west coast of Scotland, a shower or two is possible across the rest of Scotland and northern England but they will be very frequent, nowhere near as many as in recent days and for most places It is nice and dry. Long sunny spells and also quite warm with temperatures higher than the last few days. In the south up to 20 ° C, 22 ° C is possible.

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The Met Office then forecasts a similarly warm day for Friday, with highs of 23C in the south of the country.

But forecasters are less clear about the weather over the weekend and there are fears there could be a washout.

BBC Weather’s Alina Jenkins said: “It gets a little more complicated on Saturday.

“You are seeing these weather systems developing and pushing further forward so we will most likely see heavy showers and thunderstorms across the southern counties of England through Saturday morning.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the south of England over the weekend


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“They will be hit and miss but also move slowly as the winds will be quite light and maybe just move further north as the day progresses. Overall for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England this will be good dry conditions with temperatures in the high teens if not below 20°C.”

The outlook for Sunday is similar and there is a risk that the heavy rains and thunderstorms in southern Britain could spread further

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Many areas fine and dry today and tomorrow.


Most areas are good and dry with sunshine and feeling warmer than yesterday. Scattered showers likely this afternoon over parts of Scotland and northern England. Cloudier for Northern Ireland, where it rained intermittently, mainly in the west.

This evening:

More outbreaks of showers for parts of Northern Ireland tonight, Showers also developing for parts of North Wales, Northern England and Southern Scotland. Elsewhere dry with clear spells.


Dry with light or sunny spells for many. Cloudy in the west with intermittent showers or rain. Warm for many, especially the south, but cool for some North Sea coasts.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Fair and dry with plenty of sunshine across much of the north. Cloudy with showers in the south, partly heavy and thundery.

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