Britain has been battered by heavy rain this week as unsettled conditions swept across the country. Parts of northern and eastern areas of the UK are expecting further disruption on Thursday evening and into Friday as heavy rain and lightning hits. But, conditions are expected to improve this weekend, with the latest weather charts by Netweather suggesting thermometers could nudge towards 26C on Sunday in the capital.
The weather charts on Sunday also show temperatures widely above 20C across much of England, with highs of 20C in Scotland and Wales.
Meanwhile, the charts show highs of 21C in the UK on Saturday, with a cooler picture across the nation.
Looking towards the weekend, Brian Gaze, from The Weather Outlook, noted “more summery weather” was “on the way”.
He said: “Saturday is looking dry and bright in most of the county, although there could be some rain in northern Scotland. It will feel a little warmer than recently.
“Sunday should be dry and warm in much of the country. Temperatures could reach the mid 20Cs in the southeast.
“In the northwest, there is a risk of outbreaks of rain returning later in the day.”
He added: “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.”
Sunday should be dry and warm in much of the country
Brian Gaze, The Weather Outlook
Craig Snell from the Met Office told Express.co.uk on Wednesday evening: “As the drier and brighter weather develops, temperatures will respond.
“Saturday temperatures could reach around 22C or 23C in the south and on Sunday 24C or 25C.
“Temperatures will not see a quick rise, and the highs will be nothing like a couple of weeks ago, but the weekend is set to be fair for the UK.”
The forecaster added Britain will be hit by some rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland by the end of Sunday.
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He said: “Compared to this week, the weekend will be a lot drier and brighter.”
But, before the warmer temperatures arrive, the Met Office has warned of “a few sharp showers” hitting Scotland on Thursday evening.
For Friday, the weather service said: “Sunny spells and showers.
“Showers heavy in the east with a risk of thunder, whilst western areas see fewer showers and more sunshine. Feeling fresher in the south.”
And it’s long-range forecast from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 22, says the majority of the period will be “mostly dry and settled for many areas, especially in the south of the UK”.
The Met Office 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.
“Temperatures are likely to be mostly around normal, although it may become warm for a time in the south and perhaps very warm in the southeast.”
With conditions likely to pick up this weekend, leading bookmakers have even slashed odds that this month will see the hottest day of the year.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Brits will be treated to a sizzling end to July, with temperatures ready to reach record-breaking highs for the year.”
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