UK set for Bank Holiday washout with heavy rain forecast after glorious sunshine

UK weather: Some showers in the mix

Much of the country will be dry and bright today with sunny spells, but as we head into the Bank Holiday temperatures are set to drop – with chances of heavy rain in some parts of the UK.

Southeast England will be warm on Wednesday (August 23) with weather maps showing a maximum temperature of 27C in Kent and Sussex by 3pm.

But outbreaks of rain will slowly move into northwest Britain with a fresher, breezier feel, according to the Met Office.

Weather maps show maximum temperatures of 14-16C in Wales, 13-16C in Scotland and 16-17C in Northern Ireland at the same time on Wednesday.

The Midlands will see 21-23C, East Anglia 20-26C and the north of England 15-20C, according to WX Charts.

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Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said a ridge of high pressure will keep things fairly quiet through Wednesday though a weather front could bring a little rain to Wales and the West Midlands.

She added an area of low pressure will move fairly slowly towards north and northwest Scotland, keeping things showery and rather cool. There is also a chance of showers brushing southern counties.

The Met Office’s outlook from Thursday until Saturday says this period will most likely bring a mix of sunny spells and heavy showers. It will gradually turn fresher from the northwest from Friday and into the weekend, the forecaster said.

Temperatures are expected to tumble over the weekend with maps showing London dropping from about 26C on Wednesday to about 18C on Saturday (August 26).

Northern Britain will see maximum temperatures ranging from 312-17C while Wales will feel cool with 13-17C, WX Charts weather maps show.

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The Met Office’s long range forecast says it is likely to be a mixed end to the month with some sunshine possible, but the potential for cloud and a few scattered showers.

It adds: “Rain and showers could move into the north-west of the country over the bank holiday weekend, proceeding east and south across the country into the following week.”

The Met Office expects temperatures for the end of month likely to be close to, or a little below, average for the time of year.

Netweather forecast Jo Farrow said the Bank Holiday forecast doesn’t look ideal.

She said: “If you were hoping for some late summer heat, it’s across in mainland Europe again where this summer has been extreme. We get a showery northerly flow, with only sunny spells giving warmth.”

Ms Farrow added: “The UK rainfall over the next few days will mostly be from showery outbreaks from the west (particularly in the northwest) until the new little low moves through on Wednesday/Thursday with frontal rain.”

She said which parts of the country this will affect is likely to change. There will then be a shift later on Friday as a northern low centre rolls down over Britain and brings a showery, cooler flow for Friday night and the start of the weekend.

Meteogroup UK’s outlook for the end of the week is for heavy rain to clear from over Scotland, leaving scattered heavy showers over large parts of Britain.

Some sunny spells are possible in the north later. Friday will be mostly dry with widespread sunny spells although heavy showers will develop later on over northern regions. The evening will be mostly clear and dry, according to Meteogroup UK.

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