The St Swithin's Day proverb looked to be true for the last ten days but there is a bit of a hiccup this weekend. It’s been a week of extremes, last weekend torrential thunderstorms that saw thousands of lightning strikes and flooding the air cleared slightly.
Since then, eastern areas have been plagued with cloudy skies, elsewhere it’s been getting warmer and warmer. Scotland and Northern Ireland broke their warmest day of the year on Tuesday and have done every day since. Thursday saw 29.4C at Kinlochewe, with Magilligan in Londonderry rising to 27.3C.
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A mixed weekend ahead
All schools have now broken up and if you are travelling in the UK or abroad there is some fine weather to be found. It will be hot in the UK again today but the seaside will always be cooler and this weekend it’ll turn fresher and less warm with some rain. Welcome news for many who have been struggling with the heat. Saturday a weather front will make progress into the northwest of the UK and make slow progress southwards over the weekend, this will bring cloud, a freshening breeze and outbreaks of rain, plus a scattering of showers in the warm air before the fresher weather arrives. Temperatures will drop nearly 10 degrees acrossthe north from where they were on Thursday, though still around average.
Friday will be like de-ja-vu for many with low cloud in eastern areas that will burn back to the coast, elsewhere a fine sunny start with light winds lasting all day long. Temperatures could again rival for the warmest day of the year in Scotland and Northern Ireland. During the afternoon scattered showers will develop in Southern England.
After a largely fine start, Scotland and Northern Ireland will have a few showers during midmorning followed by thickening cloud from the northwest with outbreaks of rain and a freshening breeze. It’ll be cooler with temperatures low to mid 20’s. England and Wales will again be mostly hot dry and sunny with a small chance of a few showers developing, before clouding over in the north during the evening,temperatures still reaching mid to high 20’s.
The cloudier showery weather will spread south to all but South Wales and Southwest England. There will be some bright spells but it won’t be as hot and sunny as it has been this week. Temperatures will drop at least 5 degrees to low to mid 20’s.
Will the warm weather return next week?
For many of us-yes! Monday starts with the weekend showers clearing away to the southeast. Then the outlook is for high pressure to build across southern areas bringing the return of fine weather for many, temperatures will start around average becoming warm through the week. Showers will develop in the northwest and spread south through the weekend.
This weekend’s cloud should bring fresher weather for many with the sunshine returning next week.