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Unsettled and unseasonable week

[Updated 06:55 24/08/2020]

The Calm before the Storm - Ringstead Bay. Posted by NMA

The weather during the coming week will often be unsettled. Today southern counties have showers but elsewhere it stays mostly dry. Tonight and tomorrow wet and very windy conditions move northeastwards across the UK. Things remain mixed as we head towards the Bank Holiday weekend and there is a risk of ground frosts as chilly air moves down from the north.


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The Calm before the Storm - Ringstead Bay. Posted by NMA View the full size picture.

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Monday starts with showers in south western areas. Elsewhere it is mainly dry.  Through the day the heavy showers push eastwards across the south. Central and northern regions have sunny spells and scattered showers with many places remaining dry. 

Temperatures range from 14C (57F) in the north west to 21C (70F) in East Anglia. See the rain and lightning radar for the latest view.

Arpege forecast chart 1

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Mon 24th August

Tonight wet and windy weather pushes in from the southwest. It spreads northeastwards and by the morning it affects much of the UK. Scotland remains dry.


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Tomorrow the heavy rain continues moving northeastwards. It will be very windy with gales or severe in the west. Due to trees being in full leaf some damage and disruption is possible.  In the afternoon drier conditions should return to southern and central regions.

Arpege forecast chart 2

Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 BST Tue 25th August

Mixed outlook

During Wednesday outbreaks of rain in parts of the north move away eastwards. The afternoon brings sunny spells and scattered showers. Winds will be lighter than recently.

Thursday is looking unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain affecting much of the UK. The driest conditions will probably be in northern Scotland. Temperatures remain on the low side. 

The changeable theme continues through the rest of the week. Cool and showery conditions are expected on Friday and Saturday. By Sunday high pressure starts to build in from the west, so showers increasingly become confined to eastern Britain. A northeasterly wind makes it feel chilly and there is a risk of nighttime ground frosts in sheltered parts of the north and west.

GFS chart 1

GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 16:00 BST Thu 27th August

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