More Rain To Come For Southern Britain
It's been a rather disturbed spell of weather this past week across much of the UK. We've seen downpours across many areas, accompanied by strong winds, hail, thunder, lightning and even a few tornadoes on Wednesday in Warwickshire and Essex - which Netweather had forecast. The wet weather shows no signs of relenting this weekend and early next week in the south and we've already seen 175% of the average rainfall for England and Wales so far this month. Although Saturday isn't looking too bad, much of England and Wales is expected to see a spell of very wet and windy weather on Sunday spreading up from the south. Though Scotland and Northern Ireland should have a mainly dry and bright weekend. The weather doesn't look like getting any better early next week across southern Britain, as more heavy rain looks set to spread up from the south on Tuesday, though there are signs of the weather settling down and becoming drier from the north mid-week onwards.
For today, we have further rain or showers in the forecast for many areas. Firstly, we will see a slow-moving occluded front lying between south Wales and Lincolnshire through the day, which will bring outbreaks of rain along it from Wales across The Midlands to eastern England. To the south, brighter skies but showers from the word go across southern England and these will turn heavy and slow-moving with hail and thunder by late morning and through the afternoon, tending to form in a line from SW England towards southern East Anglia. To the north of the rain band we have a colder northerly flow bringing brighter skies with sunshine, though a polar trough will sink south across northern Scotland, bringing outbreaks of rain and also snow mainly above 500m. Temperatures will reach 10C in Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff, perhaps 15C in London. Winds will be lighter in the south compared to yesterday, a stiff northerly breeze across northern areas.
Tonight, generally rather cloudy across much of England and Wales, with outbreaks of showery rain - especially over central parts. Northern England northwards will be drier and clearer with a frost forming by dawn. Then Saturday looks like being generally cloudy in the morning across England and Wales, with some patchy light rain, some bright or sunny spells may develop, but this will spark off some heavy and perhaps thundery showers across southwest and central southern England. The far north of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland will have a mostly dry and sunny day.
Then it's all downhill on Sunday, as a deepening area of low pressure moves north over western France, spreading an area of persistent and heavy rain north across England and Wales accompanied by strong winds, with gales likely in the south and southwest. Scotland and Northern Ireland should escape with a dry day however.
27th April 2012 10:27 Updated: 27th April 2012 10:27