It’ll be a mix. We’ll start with the thundery showers that many of us have been used too. I can then promise some dry sunny weather but not for the whole week. The south will be most prone to showers and the north will have the best of the dry weather.
But read on for exciting news about a first of its kind meteor shower visible across the UK.
What a week!
We’ve literally had every type of weather thrown at us, sunshine, fog, rain, gales, hail and thunder and lightning. We started the week with the warmest day of the year so far with 26.3 Celsius at Heathrow. Monday also saw warm humid air moving up from France that triggered torrential thunderstorms and spectacular displays of lightning. During the 24 hour period on Monday, 5684 lightning bolts were recorded across the UK(data from lightningmaps.org). The rest of the week has been hit and miss with further sunshine and showers, some heavy and thundery, heavy enough for our first weather warnings in a while.
Areas of low pressure continue to sit to our west or southwest pulling up mild and often humid air from France with spells of rain and thunderstorms.
Friday looks good for much of Scotland and Northern Ireland. England and Wales will have another spell of rain moving north from France with humid air triggering the risk of thunderstorms, heaviest over Wales and Southwest England.
Friday evening another area of intense storms look set to develop across France and may move in to southeast England. There is some uncertainty to timings and intensity but it’s one to watch and could produce another spectacular light display.
Saturday, a spell of wet weather will spread to most of England and Wales from the south east. We can expect some localised flooding and possibly further weather warnings. Scotland and Northern Ireland look largely dry and bright; this will be the best day of the weekend for you.
Sunday a day of sunshine and showers for all. There’s a better chance of dodging them in the south than Saturday with lighter showers and more sunny spells. Elsewhere after a dry start to the weekend, get the umbrellas out because the showers will be hit and miss.
Any improvements through the week?
Bank Holiday Monday looks pretty good with warm sunny spells for many, however the southeast of England will always be at risk of thunderstorms moving up from the south. Through Tuesday and Wednesday the threat of rain increases across southern England and Wales, elsewhere it looks largely fine and dry. Mid week onwards it’ll turn more ‘unsettled’ for all. The best weather all week will be in the northwest.
Camelopardalid meteor shower
We are in for a real treat on Friday night, a first of its kind meteor shower that has never been seen before. Earth will fly through multiple debris trails shed by a comet as long ago as the 18th century, providing the material for the upcoming meteor shower or storm. Some experts are hoping that a meteor storm will occur, which could mean over 1000 meteors per hour.
Models suggest that the best viewing hours are between 6 and 8 UTC on May 24. So this means that the peak will be in, North America. For us in the UK the predicted peak is around dawn, or after sunrise, on May 24. That means you probably won’t see the strongest part of the shower, but you never know. Watch in the hours before dawn on May 24, and see what you see. Good luck.