Calmer, Drier Today, But Rain Approaching For Bank Holiday
It was quite a day yesterday with a mass of storms affecting a good deal of England, heavy rain also affected the far north of England and the southern half of Scotland - not exactly an inspiring way to start the bank holiday weekend.
Lightning wise yesterday saw an impressive 16,000+ strikes - you can view the map of them over on our Facebook Page
Today is a much calmer, drier day although there will be some showers affecting northern England, southern Scotland and perhaps some part of eastern England too - some of which will be heavy and thundery at times. For the remainder of the country it's case of bright or sunny spells, don't expect a heat wave with temperatures ranging from the mid-teens in the north of Scotland up to the low twenties in the south of England.
Tomorrow (bank holiday Monday) sees the next Atlantic system arriving to our shores though, this time it's heavy rain and strong gusty winds on the weather menu. The winds strengthen everywhere overnight - with gales on some western coasts, the rain will move across Ireland during the night too, reaching Britain by dawn and fairly quickly moving east during the day - with all areas bar the southeast quarter of the country seeing some rain at least by lunchtime.
The southeast corner is likely to stay dry for longer, with much of the rain not likely to arrive until later in the day and even at this point it's likely to be fairly patchy.
Looking ahead to the rest of next week, Tuesday will be a drier day but showers will continue to affect the north and west of the country at times - most frequent in western Scotland. Wednesday brings another spell of wet and windy weather, that should clear away by Thursday to leave a scattering of showers. Then into the latter part of the week and the weekend, there's a reasonable chance of high pressure arriving into southern areas to settle the weather down, further north it stays unsettled for a time at least..
26th August 2012 11:46 Updated: 26th August 2012 11:46