Hot Weather For Some This Weekend
Temperatures are on the rise over the next few days, particularly across southern, central and eastern areas of England, where we could see temperatures climb to 26-29C. A few spots in the southeast of England could reach 30-31C on Sunday - which could surpass the hottest day of the year so far, which was on the 25th of July, when St James's Park in London recorded 30.7C. This mini-heatwave is courtesy of very warm air being sucked north from France and Spain today and over the weekend ahead of an area of low pressure to the west out in the Atlantic. This hot and humid air should be pushed away east on Monday.
This same warm air pushing north today is also moisture laden and a slow-moving weather front straddling the west today will lift this moist air and bring some rather wet weather today across many western and northern areas. There is the risk of some intense thundery downpours in places so we could see a couple of inches of rain fall by the end of the day - which may lead standing surface water and a risk of localised flooding in places - making driving conditions hazardous. Elsewhere, after a grey start across central southern England, SE England and E Anglia, skies will clear to bring very warm sunshine for the rest of the day, with temperatures reaching 27C in London.
Thundery downpours will continue into the night across Wales and northern England, before easing by dawn, some bits of showery rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland too. Dry with clear spells towards SE England. A warm and sticky night for many areas, 17-18C the lows widely, perhaps no lower than 20C in towns and cities towards the SE of England.
Then for Saturday, the front across Wales and northern England overnight will bring some cloud and a few showers across these areas to start the day, this front will weaken into a band of patchy cloud drifting towards eastern areas. But for many areas it will be a dry day day with warm or very warm sunny spells, with temperatures reaching 20-23C west of the weakening front, hot and humid east of the front where we could see 26-29C towards the SE. Sunday perhaps hotter still across SE England, as already mentioned, though there is a small risk of a few thunderstorms developing from the afternoon heat. Further north and west, another pulse of heavy thundery rain or storms look to move NE across Wales and northern England as the old weather front across central parts reactivates and pushes north again. Dry and sunny across Scotland, but fresher up here. Turning fresher everywhere early next week.
17th August 2012 10:41 Updated: 17th August 2012 10:41