The UK is set for a milder day today before mercury rises again over the weekend with highs of 24C in the south east and then unsettled weather with heavy rain likely for Monday
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Brits can look forward to muggier temperatures this weekend before heavy and persistent rain means a washout early next week.
After several days of hot weather and thunderstorms, today is expected to be slightly cooler, but still with the risk of thunder and lightning.
An Atlantic weather front is becoming increasingly dominant, bringing rain while competing with a high-pressure system bringing a North African cloud.
The coming days are likely to see a split with rain to the north and west, while the southeast will remain largely dry.
BBC weather forecaster Ben Rich said: “More thunder and lightning in the prospects? Well for Friday this frontal system looks set to bring heavy thunderstorms south east of us but most of it will remain on the nearby continent with some perhaps reaching south east parts of England.
“This band of rain, pouring in from the west, could create the odd thunderstorm or two if it pushes east during the day.
“And even where we do see some sunshine, there will be some heavy, potentially thunderstorm downpours. Temperatures are a bit lower on Friday, 14C to 19C, which is actually average for the time of year and it will be quite windy.”
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said the temperature could rise to 24C on Sunday as he looked at the weekend weather.
“The main issue is the higher pressure from the south, there will be nicer weather there, the lower pressure will be in the north, nothing particularly uneasy I don’t think. It’s more of a case of bright spells and chills for most.” he said.
“A pleasant enough afternoon (for Saturday), temperatures at or just above average for the time of year whilst I think it will feel quite chilly I think where we expect cloudier conditions for Scotland, Northern Ireland and some of those heavy showers have times.”
He then added on Sunday: “For northern England, sunshine and showers, until the afternoon but towards the south east corner, remains largely dry through Sunday with some sunny spells with temperatures slightly higher than Saturday, 23C, maybe 24 °C in London.
“High Teens Elsewhere in England and Wales Mid Teens for Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
But Mr McGivern said there was a rainy outlook for Monday.
He continued: “Quite a messy weather chart as we go from Sunday into Monday, this weather system continues to drift north and merges with this weather front pushing down from the northwest.
“We are likely to develop low pressure in the east of the UK that will bring heavy and potentially quite persistent rain quickly. Some heavy showers in the west with some sunny but cooler feeling 14C to 17C or maybe 18C.”
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Sunshine and showers for most. Cooler than yesterday.
Rain clears over south east England in the early afternoon. Sunny spells and showers elsewhere, some heavy in the west with risk of thunderstorms. Airy and feels cooler.
A few showers persist over western Scotland otherwise most parts with clear spells will become dry. Stay on the windy side, although it does get chilly in some sheltered southern and eastern parts.
Dry and light for many and a bit warmer than today. Thicker clouds move to western areas with later rain outbreaks in parts of the northwest.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Restless and rather cool with showers or at times longer rain showers, but also with sunshine. Windy at times in the north.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-forecast-scorching-weekend-27015428 UK weather forecast: Searing weekend with highs of 24C before Monday's washout