UK Weather WARNING: Humid air sparks HEAVY downpours before HEATWAVE

UK Weather WARNING: Humid air sparks HEAVY downpours before HEATWAVE

Britain is set to be lashed by heavy downpours before temperatures soar this weekend. Met Office warned of “tricky” travel conditions on Friday afternoon due to wet conditions, before a “clear end” to the evening. Referring to weather conditions for the rest of today, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “We’ve got to put up with one more day of persistent rain for Scotland and Northern Ireland. At least first thing there’s a lot of dry weather, even some sunshine in the far north, but you can see these brighter colours starting to arrive through the morning. So initially damp, later on it will be wet, Northern Ireland also outbreaks of rain on and off first thing. Wales and the south west mostly dry but there is a lot of low cloud, some drizzle over the hills and some mistiness around hills and coast.

“And although we’ll have some early brightness for central and eastern England, there are areas of cloud that are floating around so it may take some time for the sunshine to become widespread. But eventually into the afternoon the sun does burn through and there will be plenty of sunshine.

“And as that happens temperatures respond well, 18C to 22C, 23C in any of the sunnier spots.

“However head to Cumbria, northwards into Scotland and Northern Ireland and again thick low cloud and heavy rain moving in, this time reaching as far as Shetland by the end of the afternoon and fairly extensively across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Some heavy rain to come. It’s not as cold in the north however, that rainfall is moving in courtesy of a more humid, southwesterly airflow. So it’s going to feel a little different on Friday afternoon compared to recent afternoons.

“But it’s not going to be any less wet, you can see the brighter colours returning there for the rush hour, could be quite tricky on the roads as it moves through the central belt.

“And for Northern Ireland some wet weather for a time but it does ease away during the evening, a few splashes pushing into north Wales. Otherwise for much of England and Wales a clear end to Friday, lovely out there for Friday evening.”

On conditions for overnight and into the weekend, the Met Office weather presenter forecast: “There is some mist and murk, some low cloud moving into southern and western parts of England and Wales overnight. But for Scotland and Northern Ireland the cloud breaks up, the rain disappears and it’s much clearer as we end Friday night and head into the weekend.

“So a vastly improving picture for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and for England and Wales actually we’re going to start to draw up increasingly hot air from the continent.

“So Saturday for many places will start off with some cloud but very quickly that cloud just disappears, we’ll have sunshine burning it away and it ends up being largely sunny across England and Wales.

“Brightest skies as well for Scotland, north of the central belt a few showers around, but otherwise it’s looking considerably drier and brighter compared to the week so far.

“But you can see this central swath, southern Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland, far north of England, north Wales, where cloudier skies and some rainfall return here into Saturday.

“It’s to the south of this area where the highest temperatures will be, widely mid-20s, 28C or 29C somewhere to the north of London into East Anglia.

“Not quite so high as far as the temperatures are concerned for Northern Ireland and Scotland, closer to average here but certainly for much of the north it is going to feel a little better given the brighter skies and much drier weather in many places.”

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