UK's weather forecast
According to Express, Storm Ellen has battered the UK with fierce winds and torrential rain over the past few days, blowing away the scorching highs of last week. Now weather maps have turned blue with the cold as temperatures plunge over the next few weeks. Here are the latest weather maps and charts and long-range forecast.
The UK has been subject to a swathe of weather warnings this week, as Storm Ellen reached the UK with hurricane-force winds and torrential rain. Met Office yellow weather warnings for wind remain in place, with the storm blowing away all remnants of the hot weather of last week. Now colder weather, overnight frost and strong winds will be seen towards the end of August.
|UK long range forecast: Maps have turned blue with the cold as temperatures plunge (Image: WXCHARTS)|
Scorching 36C highs had baked Britain for days as heatwave conditions hit in a late summer blast.
However Britain bade farewell to the hot weather when Storm Ellen hit the UK this past week, with 79mph winds recorded at Capel Curig, North Wales.
The centre of Storm Ellen has moved away from the UK, however windy conditions will continue over the next few days. Rain and grey skies are also forecast, making the hot weather seem a distant memory.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gunderson said: “Storm Ellen was a very lively storm for this time of year and although the main system has mostly dissipated, we’ll continue to see strong winds across western parts of the UK today spreading to eastern areas tomorrow, with several yellow wind warnings in place."
|UK long range forecast: Storm Ellen has moved away from the UK, however windy conditions will continue over the next few days (Image: WINDY)|
“South-westerly winds will pick up once again through the Irish Sea this evening, with gusts of 55-65mph possible across western parts of Scotland and Wales, southwest England and eastern parts of Northern Ireland."
"Along with impacts from strong winds, we’ll see bands of heavy rain and squally showers with the risk of thunder and lightning."
Met Office weather warnings for wind are in place next week, starting at 9am on Tuesday ending at 3pm on Wednesday.
The warning area spans across the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North West England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands.
|UK long range forecast: Strong winds have triggered warnings for this week (Image: WXCHARTS)|
The Met Office warns: "A spell of strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales overnight, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday afternoon."
"Gusts of wind are likely to exceed 50 mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts in excess of 60 mph."
"Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities."
Unfortunately for those craving the hot weather, autumn looks to have come early with the next few weeks of weather.
|UK long range forecast: The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind on Tuesday and Wednesday (Image: WXCHARTS)|
According to the Met Office long-range forecast for Thursday, August 27 to Saturday, September 5, unsettled weather, heavy rain and winds are to continue for the foreseeable.
The long-range forecast states: "The period begins generally unsettled, albeit with lighter winds than of late, but still accompanied by showers or longer spells of rain for most."
And for those hoping for a sunny bank holiday weekend, spells of rain and winds will impact the east, with drier conditions for the west and south.
Outlook for August 29-31
WXCharts maps for bank holiday weekend - August 29 to 31 - turn blue with the cold as temperatures dip. However, the Met Office forecasts: "The southwest may see some further spells of wind and rain at first."
Temperatures will be "near or slightly below the average for this time of year, with a potential for some frost overnight, but otherwise feeling warm in any sunnier spells."
|UK long range forecast: Temperatures are forecast to plummet over the next few weeks (Image: NETWEATHER)|
Netweather maps show a mixed bag for temperatures over the next week or so, with highs of 21C for the south of England and the low teens for the north.
However there is the potential warmer weather as we head into September - but confidence in this is low according to forecasters.
The Met Office writes: "The first part will see a transition into a more zonal pattern, with the north unsettled and the south generally drier and warmer."
Outlook for September 6-20
Further into September, between Sunday, September 6 and Sunday, September 20, there is the potential for warmer conditions across southern and eastern areas.
However, conditions will be more unsettled towards the northwest. Drier and warmer weather could spread across much of the UK - but confidence this far ahead remains low.
|UK long range forecast: Over the bank holiday weekend, temperatures could dip significantly (Image: WXCHARTS)|
Europe's weather forecast
According to Weather Online, a generally dry and fine day for Spain and Portugal although with some isolated showers developing in the northeast of Spain later on. Dry, fine and sunny again throughout the rest of the Mediterranean.
Greece and western Turkey will again be dry with plenty of sunshine while heavy, thundery showers affect eastern portions of Turkey.
France will be breezy across northern coasts with spells of rain here. Largely dry elswhere once a band of rain clears central and eastern areas of the country. Rather unsettled across the Low Countries and breezy with spells of rain.
|BBC Weather: In southern eastern Europe it is expected to remain dry with few areas experiencing any rain over the next few days. (Image: BBC)|
Germany will also see a band of rain pass through central and southern areas. The north will be largely dry but northern coasts wet and breezy. Rain will move into the Alpine countries as well as Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Unsettled for much of Scandinavia as low pressure moves in here. There will be outbreaks of rain, some heavy and persistent. Windy in the far south of Norway and along the Swedish coasts.
Rain will also affect much of Finland too. Staying unsettled across Denmark with outbreaks of rain and strong winds. Winds will pick up across the Baltic States too as a band of heavy rain moves through here.
Dry, warm and fine for much of Spain and Portugal again on Sunday though northern and eastern coastal regions of Spain could see isolated showers develop through the afternoon.
Dry, warm and sunny for the Balearic Islands, much of Italy and Greece. Thundery downpours affect northern portions of Italy through the afternoon while early showers over eastern Turkey clear to leave a dry, warm and sunny day across the country.
|Photo: Weather Online.|
Showers affect northwestern portions of France and Germany as well as the Low Countries on Sunday and may merge to bring longer spells of rain here. Largely dry and fine for the rest of France and Germany.
A mostly fine day too for Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Austria with isolated showers developing here. These may become heavy over the Alps. A cloudy day for Slovakia and Hungary as a band of rain makes its way slowly eastward through the day.
Staying unsettled over much of Scandinavia though winds ease slightly from Saturday. Frequent outbreaks of rain affect western coasts of Norway and southwestern Sweden as well as Denmark.
Across northern Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States there will be some good spells of sunshine though this will be punctuated by frequent, often heavy, showers.
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