Disruptive rain in central and northern Britain


[Published 06:30 22/05/2024]

Overcast and wet weather. Posted by Brian Gaze

Heavy outbreaks of rain in central areas slowly push into northern Britain today, and they are likely to lead to flooding in places. Tomorrow, the rain in the north gradually becomes more showery and eases. More settled weather is expected for the start of the bank holiday weekend, and as the sun returns, temperatures begin to rise.  (If you would like to browse the website without adverts and contribute to its ongoing development, explore the payment options, see below)

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Issued 21st May 2024

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Wednesday begins with outbreaks of rain in much of southern and central Britain. However, it is drier in western Wales, south western and south eastern England, as well as areas to the north.

Heavy outbreaks of rain will in central areas for much of the day and this afternoon they extend into northern Britain. To their south heavy and thundery showers develop. Surface flooding could lead to disruption in places. In Northern Ireland and western Scotland it should remain mostly dry.

Temperatures range from a cool 13°C in areas where it remains wet and overcast to 19°C elsewhere. Check the weather radar for the most up to date view.

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UK Met UKV, Wednesday 22nd May [Tap animation to toggle cities]

Tonight, heavy rain continues in Wales and the northern half of Britain. At times the wet conditions could extend into Northern Ireland. In southern and eastern England it should be mostly dry.

Tomorrow, an area of low pressure will be centred over northern England. Outbreaks of rain associated with it become more showery as the day progresses. Nonetheless, further heavy bursts of rain are likely in central and northern areas at times. In the south it is expected to be mostly dry. Temperatures remain on the low side.

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UK Met UKV, Thursday 23rd May [Tap animation to toggle cities]

Drier for the start of the bank holiday weekend

During Friday the area of low pressure weakens and slowly drifts northwards. Therefore, showers become more scattered and lighter in the north. Drier and warmer weather returns for the start of the bank holiday weekend. However, there is a risk of showery rain on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

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GFS, overview for Fri 24th  - Sun 26th May

Yesterday's temperatures

The temperature league tables are for Tuesday 21st May 2024. Please note that our database does not include data from all of the official reporting stations in the UK.

Highest temperatures

  • Hawarden, 22°C
  • Prestwick Airport, 22°C
  • Exeter Airport, 21°C
  • Norwich Weather Centre, 20°C
  • Blackpool Airport, 20°C
  • Oban, 20°C
  • Liverpool Airport, 20°C
  • Belfast / Aldergrove Airport, 19°C
  • Belfast / Harbour, 19°C
  • Eglinton / Londonderr, 19°C
  • Manchester Airport, 19°C
  • Yeovilton, 19°C
  • Lossiemouth, 19°C
  • Stornoway, 19°C
  • Kinloss, 19°C

Lowest temperatures

  • Aberdeen / Dyce, 3°C
  • Leuchars, 3°C
  • Edinburgh Airport, 4°C
  • Spadeadam, 4°C
  • Inverness / Dalcross, 5°C
  • Glasgow Airport, 5°C
  • Newcastle, 5°C
  • Lossiemouth, 5°C
  • Tain Range, 6°C
  • Shawbury, 6°C
  • Kinloss, 7°C
  • Dundee / Riverside, 7°C
  • Prestwick Airport, 7°C
  • Leeming, 7°C
  • Topcliffe Royal Air Force Base, 8°C

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