Met Office weather warning for rain issued in the South West - days after 'extreme heat' warning

Heavy rain, hail and thunderstorms over Exeter. Credit: Mike Green

All good things must come to and end but when it come to blue skies and high summer temperatures that very much depends on your point of view.

For many the recent heatwave has been a difficult few days with very little breeze, daytime temperatures around 30C and the high teens at night.

The heat has been so intense, the Met Office issued a brand new warning for "extreme heat" in the region.

But big changes are on the horizon as we head into the weekend though, with much lower temperatures and some much wetter weather.

High daytime temperatures during the 17-22 July 2021
Much lower temperatures as we head into next week

As well as a drop of some 10C in places, we are also going to see the high pressure move away.

It will leave us on the cool side of the jet stream and also the side where low pressure becomes the more controlling factor of our weather.

Unseasonably strong winds will arrive during the afternoon of Friday 23 July until midnight, with gusts around coasts and across the moors of up to 55 mph.

Frequent heavy and thundery showers are then expected from the evening of Friday 23 July and last through much of the weekend.

In fact the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms covering much of the West Country from Friday 23 July until Sunday 25 July.

As much as 100 mm of rain could fall by the end of Sunday 25 July and there could also be large hail.

It seems the rollercoaster of weather so far this summer will continue, moving from a fine start in June, to a long period of low temperatures and rain into July, followed by a heatwave and now back to something more typical for the Great British summer.