Would you believe it! Rain and thunderstorms today

20th July 2018 09:38

Would you believe it! Rain and thunderstorms today

A rare day today, as we have some rain to talk about. There are two areas of interest, a rain band moving down from the northwest, and the risk of some heavy showers and thunderstorms moving in the southeast. 

This morning, the northern rain is at its peak, as it'll fizzle out fairly speedily the further southeast it gets. On the flipside, the southeast corner is just seeing a bits of showery rain at the moment, but these are likely to become more widespread and intense during the day - although not everyone will catch one.

Radar at 0850 this morning Check the live radar here.

In between those two areas and away from the showers in the southeast, it's a continuation of what we've seen lately, with more fine, dry and very warm weather. The weather front bringing the rain to the north will keep on moving southeast though, bringing increasingly patchy outbreaks of rain along with a lot more cloud as it does so.

As there is a storm risk today, a storm forecast has been issued, which you can read here.

Temperatures today will head up into the mid-high twenties across a good part of England and Wales, but cooler further north and west with the extra cloud, with the high-teens, perhaps low twenties more typical.

Overnight, the showers in the southeast will eventually fade, as will any rain left on the front moving down from the northwest. Left behind, will be a lot of cloud, so of us will start the weekend with cloudy skies. It will thin and break though, with some good sunny spells developing, especially in the south, east and central parts. That's going to allow temperatures to climb, heading up toward the mid-high twenties, it stays cooler further north and west though. The heat in the south may trigger some showers, but away from those, it's mostly dry with maybe just a few bits of drizzly rain here and there where the cloud lingers further north.

Temperatures Sunday

Sunday sees the northwest-southeast split continue, with ever more hot, humid air making its way up into the southeast. Whereas it'll be cooler, and fresher further northwest with more cloud and the risk of a few outbreaks of rain. Southeastern England will see the highest temperatures, perhaps heading up into the low-twenties, with a good part of the rest of England and Wales into the mid-high twenties. Further northwest, the high-teens to low-twenties will be the range. 

Next week then looks set to take a very similar shape with the northwest generally keeping fresher conditions with occasional wetter spells. Further south and east it'll be hotter, more humid, sunnier and drier but with the risk of some thundery downpours from time to time. Weather fronts may try to move further southeast at times, much as we're seeing today, but away from the northwest and far west of the country, the warm/hot weather looks set to prevail, with the potential for some very hot air to be pulled up from the south.

Hot southeast, cooler northwest next weekMore on this later, as Michael Fish will be here with his weekly forecast.

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