BBC Weather: UK set for 'milder temperatures' and thick cloud
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A weather expert has predicted parts of the UK see more thunderstorms over this weekend, despite a Met Office thunder and lightning warning covering eight UK regions today. The south west is set to be blanketed by stronger winds, gusts and even the outbreak of storms from Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23. Areas from Yorkshire to the south east of England are currently under alert for thunderstorms today (October 20) but this warning will end from 1pm. British Weather Services’ Jim Dale told Express.co.uk this wouldn’t be the last of them, he said: “There is every chance of thunderstorms due to low pressure to the south-west and unstable air. Heavy showers and thunderstorms likely in places.”
He also told Express.co.uk how the storms would stem from the low-pressure centre, which is likely to take a grip over the southwest. While there is not a particular time frame for the storms, Mr Dale said both days of the weekend are in the frame.
Mr Dale’s predictions come in line with those from the Met Office’s forecaster Alex Deakin who has described the unsettled conditions set to move across the southwest later this week.
He said: “Looking at the bigger picture, high pressure is to the north, low pressure to the southwest. And this week is going to be a bit of a scrap between these two weather systems. Eventually, the low will win out”.
The interaction between the high and low pressure will result in some windy days too, he added. “As the low squeezes up against the high, the isobars push together, suggesting at times it’s going to be quite blustery.”
The new low pressure system will bring an unsettled theme with spells of rain and a risk of thunderstorms for some, according to the leading forecaster.
Independent forecaster, The Weather Outlook, also says tomorrow is also looking like a mixed bag – with showers and longer spells of rain pushing northeastwards. “Despite that, there should be sunny periods too and in the southern half of the UK it will be very mild,” founder Brian Gaze said.
Weather maps show a large band of rain coming across from the Atlantic, with the heaviest downpours centred on much of the southwest and parts of Wales at around 3pm tomorrow.
This then clears for the best part of 24 hours, before another bout of heavy rain lashes the southwest on Saturday at 3pm again, a time when thunderstorms may be expected.
The Met Office’s forecast for this period talks about the heavy rain, and possible thundery showers lasting until early next week – notably Monday or Tuesday.
It says: “To begin the period, unsettled conditions are expected with rain or showers for many. The northeast is likely to experience the most persistent rain on Monday, with heavy, occasionally thundery showers, interspersed with drier, sunny spells elsewhere. Further wet weather is likely to move in from the southwest on Tuesday.
It appears the southwest may cop the brunt of the unsettled weather fronts throughout next week, as the long-range forecast added.
It said: “Generally windy for most, with a risk of coastal gales in the southwest at times. Unsettled conditions are expected to continue dominating through the remainder of this period, with further showers and longer spells of rain for many.
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“A risk of stronger winds or gales at times, particularly in the north and west. Temperatures will most likely be above normal for much of the UK.
Areas of Britain that are not likely to be lashed with rain will see mild temperatures instead, the forecaster added, but unsettled periods of weather are to be expected throughout the rest of October.
“Generally windy for most, with a risk of coastal gales in the southwest at times,” it said.
“Unsettled conditions are expected to continue dominating through the remainder of this period, with further showers and longer spells of rain for many. A risk of stronger winds or gales at times, particularly in the north and west. Temperatures will most likely be above normal for much of the UK.”
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