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Thundery breakdown taking place

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[Updated 07:20 15/08/2022]

Near to Leek. Thunderheads. Posted by toppiker60

Temperatures could again reach 30C (86F) in the southern and central Britain today but it won't be as hot as recently. The heatwave is now breaking down and there will be thunderstorms and showery outbreaks of rain in places. Their main focus today will be in the north, but tomorrow southern and central regions probably see the worst. Local rainfall amounts will vary a lot with some places having deluges and others staying mostly dry.


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Monday starts wet in much of the north and west. Elsewhere it is dry.

Through the day thunderstorms and longer periods of rain affect the north of the UK. The heaviest rain is likely to be in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Southern and central regions have sunny periods, and although temperatures will be lower than recently, it remains very warm or hot. A few thundery downpours could develop, especially in the south west. 

Temperatures range from 16C (61F) in the far north to 30C (86F) in central and eastern England. See the rain radar for the latest view.

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Met Office UKV, rain, 15:00 Monday, 15th August

Tonight the downpours in the north become centred on Scotland. There is also an increasing risk of thunderstorms in southern and central counties.


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Tomorrow thundery showers remain a risk in southern and central areas. Through the afternoon there is the possibility of intense downpours in south western and central areas. In the northern half of the UK outbreaks of rain become patchier and pull away eastwards. Despite that, there should be some warm sunny spells, particularly in central and eastern England.

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Met Office UKV, rain, 15:00 Tuesday, 16th August

Cooler and changeable

During Wednesday thundery outbreaks of rain become slow moving in southern and eastern England. To their north and west it is expected to be dry, bright and fresh. Temperatures generally close to the seasonal average.

Through Thursday a band of rain pushes southeastwards across the north and west of the UK. To its south and east there will be sunny periods.

Friday is looking mixed. A fragmenting band of showery rain clears southeastwards. Brighter conditions follow, but in the north west there could be showers at times. Warm in the south and east.

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 15:00 Friday, 19th August

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