UK weather forecast: Thunderstorms and storms for ‘three days due to jet stream’

The Met bureau has said the country will be hit with thunderstorms, gales and heavy rain over the next three days as a “turned-up jet stream” brings the storms with it

Britain is set for three days of stormy weather
Britain is set for three days of stormy weather

The Brits are expected to be hit with three days of thunderstorms, heavy rain and gale force winds as a ‘boosted jet stream’ brings in gales from the Atlantic.

After high May temperatures and a warm weekend, people have to dig out their coats and umbrellas as conditions are unusually poor for the time of year.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Approximately three days of rain, showers and a sharp breeze, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday, before the weather settles down for the weekend.”

Looking ahead to today, Mr McGivern said there will be “lively showers” across the country.

“Fairly widespread by mid-morning showers will occur almost everywhere and will be brisk in places, especially in the south there will be hail and thunder where these showers will occur,” he said.

The unsettled weather comes from the Atlantic jet stream


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“A sharp breeze in the NE making it appear cool, but further south, lighter winds, temperatures on average and away from the showers, especially later and especially westbound there will be some sunny spells.

“Showers are increasingly concentrated in the east on Tuesday evening, with a stretch of clearer, drier weather crossing the country from the west. Under these clear skies temperatures are dropping with a touch of ground frost possible in some sheltered spots in Scotland.”

A similar picture emerges for Wednesday with “wet and windy weather”.

Wet and windy conditions are expected across the country today


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Mr McGivern said the “jet stream is really picking up speed over the next few days pushing these features in from the Atlantic, deepening some low pressure areas in the north of Britain and making it quite unsuitable for most of us”.

The winds are also touching gale force for coasts in Scotland.

While Mr McGivern said Thursday’s extra wind for other areas of the country will make it “not very comfortable at all”, he added that warmer conditions should return for the weekend.

The thunderstorms and strong winds are also hitting Central Europe this week.

The weather is not expected to improve until the weekend when calmer conditions arrive


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Germany braces for another potentially dangerous weather pattern as the German Weather Service (DWD) warns of a new low pressure front approaching the southwest.

At least 40 people were injured in western Germany last Friday and local media reported that a 38-year-old man died in the town of Wittgert as a result of the storms.

UK forecast for the next 5 days

Sunny spells and scattered heavy showers today.


Remaining areas of rain, locally heavy, over eastern England will soon thin, then all parts will have a day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy with risk of thunder and hail. Fewer showers and more sunshine in the west this afternoon.

This evening:

Showers in the east subside, then dry with clear spells in central and eastern parts. Cloudier and windier in the west and north with rain moving east, locally heavy in north-west Scotland.


Clouds and occasional rain will move east, although some eastern areas will remain dry. Sunny spells and a few showers followed. Windy and quite gusty in the north.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Restless and windy on Thursday with a mix of rain, showers and some sunnier spells. Improves from northern Scotland on Friday and becomes more widely settled by Saturday

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