Showers or longer spells of rain

[Updated 06:45 05/08/2021]

Heavy bursts of rain across the valley. Posted by brian gaze

An area of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic will bring downpours or longer spells of rain to much of the UK today. The unsettled theme is set to continue tomorrow and through the weekend. Forecast details for next week remain uncertain, but there are signs of it turning drier and warmer at times, particularly in the south.


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Heavy bursts of rain across the valley. Posted by brian gaze View the full size picture.

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Thursday starts with showery rain in western Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of south western Britain. Elsewhere it is mainly dry. Through the day a band of heavy showery rain steadily moves northeastwards across the UK. Brighter conditions follow from the southwest, but thundery downpours develop. There is the possibility of flash flooding leading to disruption in places. Quite windy.

Temperatures range from 15C (59F) in the west to 22C (72F) in the east. See the rain and lightning radar for the latest view.

Meteo France Arpege 1
Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 Thursday, 5th August

Tonight showers continue but there will be some dry and clear spells. Quite windy.


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Tomorrow there will be some bright spells but showers become widespread. The heaviest ones are likely to be in the north and east. Windy in the south. Rather cool in much of the UK for August, but quite warm in parts of East Anglia and the south east where sunny intervals develop.

Meteo France Arpege 2
Meteo France Arpege, rain, 16:00 Friday, 6th August

Mixed outlook

Saturday brings sunny spells and showers. Some of the showers could be heavy and thundery. Winds should be light in Scotland, but elsewhere it is likely to be blustery.

Through Sunday the showers are expected to become more scattered in Wales and much of southern England. In other areas they are likely to be heavier and more frequent. Temperatures on the low side for the time of year.

The risk of showers continues on Monday. The driest conditions may be in the north west, Northern Ireland and south western England.

Mixed weather is likely to continue through the middle part of next week. There should be some drier and warmer periods, but also an ongoing risk of showers or longer spells of rain.

GFS chart 1
GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 16:00 Wednesday, 11th August

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