A Mixed Week - But Improving Later
Two traditions when it comes to British weather are playing out this week - 1. The weather generally improves after a bank holiday. 2. The weather generally turns more summer like just as the summer holidays are about to end.
Today, is a vast improvement on the weather we saw yesterday, it's warmer for many and away from the western side of the country there's a good deal of dry, bright weather to be had. Despite the emphasis on drier weather, it's worth noting that the showers in the west will be heavy at times, and will be most frequent across the west of Scotland and possibly also northern England later on.
Overnight, the next Atlantic system gathers itself - moves across Ireland and heads into western Britain by dawn. It'll zip through pretty quickly though with showers moving in behind it showers with these downpours affecting much of the country through the day. Some of the downpours will be heavy and thundery, and will become quite slow moving too which could lead to some issues with localised flooding.
Thursday will see further showers at times, but perhaps not as widespread or potent as on Wednesday with high pressure just starting to ridge up from the southwest, limiting many of the showers to the eastern half of the country.
The high pressure then makes it's real play into Friday with the southern half of the UK in for a dry day, with sunny spells. Further north it's not as straight forward with Scotland, Northern Ireland and potentially also northern England seeing more rain at times as we go through Friday and head into the weekend.
High pressure stays with us right into next week too, although how far north it can ridge is still uncertain - northwest Scotland looks most in danger of keeping the unsettled weather going at this point..
28th August 2012 10:56 Updated: 28th August 2012 10:56