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UK's weather forecast
The UK is bracing for a "conveyor belt" of heavy rain to smash into the country, bringing up to 30mm of rainfall across a 24-hour period - before more settled conditions arrive this weekend, according to the latest weather charts of express.co.uk.
WxCharts posted a video on Twitter of a band of rain sweeping across Britain before the weekend. The chart then shows high pressure taking hold, appearing to create more settled conditions for Britons.
It wrote on Twitter: “A conveyor belt of low pressure systems arriving to parts of North West Europe today and tomorrow...before the high stretches in nicely just in time for the weekend!”
|UK weather latest: Heavy rain to hit (Image: wxcharts•getty)|
|UK weather latest: Band of rain hitting Britain in the early hours of Thursday (Image: wxcharts)|
Forecasters agreed a band of rain would smash into Britain on Thursday.
Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, said: “On Thursday, much of the country has showers or longer periods of rain. “Some brighter intervals are likely, particularly in Northern Ireland. Temperatures will be similar to today’s.”
Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said over the next 24-hours, the “wettest weather will hit Wales, the Midlands and northern England”.
He told Express.co.uk: “By the time we get to tomorrow lunchtime, a few spots in that zone could see 20-30mm of rain.”
|Total accumulated rain over coming days (Image: wxcharts)|
The forecaster added the weather would hit over a long enough period so it shouldn’t cause too many localised problems.
But, he added: “It’s more going into Friday when we might see heavy and thundery showers across the UK. Especially across northern and eastern parts of England, where the UK could see 10mm to 20mm in a couple of hours, which may well lead to water on the roads and create difficult driving conditions, with the risk of lightning too.”
Looking further ahead towards the weekend, Mr Gaze, from The Weather Outlook said that “Saturday is looking bright” but warned, “scattered showers” were possible.
He said: “Friday brings sunny spells but there will be showers. In the north and east, some are expected to be heavy. Temperatures remain disappointing for July.
“Saturday is looking bright and although scattered showers are possible it should be mainly dry. It will feel a little warmer than recently.
|UK temperature chart for Thursday (Image: wxcharts)|
“Sunday should be dry and warm in much of the country. Temperatures could reach 27C (81F) in the southeast.
“In the northwest, there is a risk of outbreaks of rain returning later in the day. “Early next week there should be a lot of dry and quite warm weather in the southern half of the country. “In the north, it may stay more changeable with an ongoing risk of showers or longer spells of rain.”
|UK's average temperatures - charts (Image: nc)|
Looking further forward to next week, the Met Office predicts a more settled period.
Their weather outlook from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 22 suggests “it will be mostly dry and settled for many areas, especially in the south of the UK”.
It added: “More unsettled conditions with spells of rain and strong winds may affect the north and northwest at times. “These unsettled conditions could spread to other parts of the UK later in this period, but widespread unsettled conditions are unlikely.”
The Met Office also said temperatures are likely to be around normal, but “it may become warm for a time in the south and perhaps very warm in the southeast”.
They finished: “Towards the end of the period, conditions may start to trend towards more generally settled weather for most areas, but with the possibility of the occasional bout of wetter weather.”
It comes as leading bookmakers have lengthened odds on this month to go down as the hottest July on record.
Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: “The June heatwave spoiled us all and had Brits dreaming of a sizzling Summer ahead, but after a wet and windy start to July we’ve lengthened the odds on it being the hottest ever from 6/1 to 22/1.
“The seventh month of the year is truly living up to expectations of a miserable British summer and at 11/8 that it’s the wettest month of the season, it looks unlikely we’ll be pulling out the factor 50 anytime soon.”
Europe's weather forecast
Fair in much of Spain and Portugal with good spells of sunshine. More sunshine in the Mediterranean with a scattering of showers in central Italy. Greece and Turkey should be staying fair with more sunshine throughout the day.
Fair for France with sunny spells and staying dry too. More sunshine in the Low Countries and northern and western parts of Germany. Some showery rain in eastern and southern Germany. Showers too in the west of Poland but eastern Poland should be dry. Scattered showers in Hungary and Austria with Switzerland being dry.
Fair in Denmark but clouding over in the west. Sunny spells in southern parts of Sweden. Scattered showers in the Baltic States and Finland, but fair in northern parts of Norway. Showers in western Norway, some of these heavy.
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