Weekend Washout For Many
It's not an unfamiliar story this summer, but it doesn't make it any more pleasant that another weekend is set to be dominated by heavy showers, thunderstorms and the potential for some localised flooding.
Before we get into the details of the bad news, it's worth pointing out that although many parts will see frequent and heavy showers, not everyone will catch the worst of the weather and where it does stay drier there will be some decent sunny spells on offer - so it's not all bad news.
Today will see the bulk of the rain affecting the western half and northern regions, although through this morning and into the early part of the afternoon some sharp showers may run up from the south coast to affect southeast England and East Anglia before drifting away into the north sea. Rainfall totals of 25mm plus within a fairly short period are possible during the showers with Wales, SW England and Northern England likely to be the wettest spots.
Saturday keeps with the showery theme, many of them heavy with thunderstorms in the mix too. Again they will be most frequent in western and northern regions - with a particular focus likely to be on northern England and southern Scotland. The driest region is likely to be the southeast quarter of the country which is good news for the Olmypics
, although even here a shower or two cannot be ruled out.
With low pressure still on the scene, Sunday keeps the showery theme going with similar areas likely to see the most frequent heavy and thundery showers. Into next week as well we stay unsettled at least until midweek when a ridge of high pressure may just ridge up to settle things down a touch for a time at least - but this is a long way off.
For all of the detail on the weather this weekend and through into next week, watch the latest video forecast from Michael Fish below:
3rd August 2012 09:50 Updated: 3rd August 2012 09:50