UK Weather:  End of June heat and thunderstorms arrive after a bright Midsummer and fine weekend

21st June 2019 12:23

UK Weather: End of June heat and thunderstorms arrive after a bright Midsummer and fine weekend

The weekend is nearly here, and June will soon be over. There is a signal for heat and humidity next week accompanied by thunderstorms. If you are looking further ahead into early July, that looks back to normal or even a shade on the cool side (for the time of year) if a high build and draws down air from the north over the UK. June so far has been rather mixed, with some torrential rains and flooding. If you catch a more sheltered sunny spell it can feel warm, but it’s been the uncertainty and unreliableness of the recent weather which has been rather frustrating.

UK radar with visible satellite

This weeks’ heaviest showers and thunderstorms have faded but we are still left with a mixture of showers and bright or sunny spells. There is still low pressure to the north, high pressure building to the south as old frontal bands, which have been bringing a bit more cloud, they fade by Friday. Looking fine for Ascot and the Cricket at Trent Bridge

Today - Midsummer's Day

A better version of Thursday really, with few showers, but still a speckling, more sunshine with some fair-weather cloud. The winds become light, although still a fresh westerly for the far north of Scotland. Temperatures will be similar at 14 to 21C. It's Midsummer's Day and there will be plenty of sunshine.

UK temperatures Friday

By Friday evening the UK will be fine and bright, around 17C for London but cooling off elsewhere. A pleasant summers evening but without that sultry heat that makes you think you are away or that summer is truly here, or maybe just hot and bothered. Wait for next week for that.

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ECM chart showing warmth for early next week

Already there has been high or very high pollen values. The Grass pollen season is well underway. This continues during the weekend in the warmth and sunshine. 

UK pollen count

Weekend weather

Saturday starts off calm, maybe even a little fog about, then the winds turn to the SE. High pressure slips to the east and low pressure appears to the west with warmer air beginning to arrive from France. Saturday looks mostly dry just a few showers for Scotland, the odd one for Northern Ireland. Temperatures of 17 to 22C.

Pressure chart Saturday night

Sunday sees more showers for NW Scotland and a band of showers edging in from the SW over Ireland and SW Britain. At the same time, warmer, more humid air pumps up from the SE. There will be an easterly breeze so you know what that means along North Sea coasts, but for many it will be a warm day with temperatures in the high teens or low to mid 20sC. This combination could set off thunderstorms.  Southern Britain could stay around 17 or 18C overnight

Met Office weather warning Thunderstorms

There is already a Met Office yellow warning for Thunderstorms issued, running from Sunday afternoon and throughout Monday. It is across most of England and Wales. I don’t think it definitely stops at the border with Scotland, that maybe more to do with flood information from the agencies. The risk of downpours could extend into Northern Ireland, especially Co. Down and southern Scotland on Monday too.

Met Office weather warning Thunderstorms Scotland

There is uncertainty around this forecast. This kind of plume could be slightly east or west so different areas get a soaking. Currently, SE Britain looks dry and hot, the actual temps will depend on breaks in the cloud cover, allowing more sunshine and so values to rocket.

Thickness chart UK

As the low pressure swirls in from the west, with its fronts, there will be a lot of cloud around and brisk winds. These will affect the temperatures too. The fresh east winds spread over Scotland later on Monday, falling light further south leaving a muggy night before the heat could really build on Tuesday and temperatures may reach into the 30sC. The June record is 35.6C from 1976. 

So after a more settled weekend with plenty of fair weather and sunshine, early next week brings the potential for heavy thundery downpours (not for everyone) and some real heat and humidity.

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