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Frozen In Time

Archived articles which have appeared on our homepage since May 7th 2014.


Hottest day of the year so far

[Updated 06:45 20/05/2020]

Sun peeking out of the cloud. Posted by brian gaze

Most of the UK has a fine and very warm day. In the southern half of the country temperatures could reach 28C (82F). Tomorrow a band of showery rain pushes northeastwards with brighter conditions following it. In the south east and East Anglia there is a risk of thunderstorms for a time....READ IN FULL

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Wednesday starts with outbreaks of rain in the far north of Britain. Elsewhere it is fine. Through the day most of the UK has a dry day with long sunny periods. The northern half of Scotland remains cloudier and the risk of patchy outbreaks of rain remains.

It is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures range from 19C (66F) in northern Scotland to 28C (82F) in southern and central England.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, temperatures, 16:00 BST Wed 20th May

Tonight outbreaks of rain push across Northern Ireland and into western Britain. In the south east a few thunderstorms could break out by the morning.

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Tomorrow a band of showery rain spreads northeastwards. It will mostly affect northern and western areas. Drier and brighter weather follows it. Across central and eastern England thunderstorms are possible for a time. In the south east it remains very warm but elsewhere it will be cooler.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Thu 21st May

Mixed end to the week

Friday is looking dry across the southern half of the UK with variable amounts of cloud. In the north there will be outbreaks of rain and at times they could be heavy. It will be windy, particularly in the north where gales are likely.

Through the weekend a changeable theme is expected. Wet weather is likely in central and northern areas on Saturday. There could also be showery rain in the south for a time. By Sunday high pressure should be building back across the south so the risk of rain becomes increasingly restricted to northern regions.

Early next week is looking mostly warm and settled. Temperatures in the south could again push up towards 27C (81F).

GFS chart 1

GFS, surface pressure and 500hPa heights, 16:00 BST Sun 24th May

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