A cold front will sweep the UK with heavy showers helping to push temperatures down by more than 10C, forecasters say. Scotland and south-eastern England will hold on to the heat this weekend with the mercury forecast to hover around the mid to high-20Cs.Elsewhere it will feel more comfortable as cooler air blows in from the west bringing the record-breaking heatwave to an end.Next week will turn ‘more usual’ for the time of year with bouts of wind and rain set to sweep in from the west.
Northern and eastern England are in the firing line for the worst of the downpour this weekend with damage to buildings and travel chaos possible.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “A decaying cold front coming in at the end of the week will bring fresher conditions behind, although it will be warmer ahead of this, across eastern parts of the country.
“On Saturday there will be some heavy and potentially thundery showers in the northeast, the heaviest rain will be over the hills.
“It is likely to be warmer, sunnier and drier in the far north-east of Scotland, elsewhere it will be cooler under the rain although we could see temperatures in the mid-20Cs.
“There will be further heavy rain on Sunday with perhaps the odd thunderstorm in the afternoon and while temperatures will be suppressed where it rains it will be quite warm in places.
“It will remain unsettled next week with more usual weather conditions for the time of year, there will be rain and brisk winds from Monday to Tuesday.
“Beyond the start of the week it should be mostly fine with some scattered showers.”
The Met Office has issued a warning for up to six inches of rain across north-eastern England tomorrow and Sunday.
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington warned to prepare for travel mayhem and the risk of flooding to homes and businesses.
He said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and a small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater.
“Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services while spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.”
Hannah Findley, a meteorologist with The Weather Company, predicts a much cooler weekend compared to this week.
She said: “Temperatures will return to near normal on Saturday.”
Published at Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:08:00 +0000