Heavy rain has soaked much of the UK this past week, with maximum rainfall totals of 16.88mm (0.6 inches) falling in Spadeadam, Cumbria on Friday. However, the weekend is off to a sunnier start, with largely dry and warm weather for much of the UK and the potential for 26C highs.
A Met Office meteorologist said: “At the weekend many places staying dry with sunshine, so looking quite bright and sunny for the weekend for most.
“Apart from on Sunday when we could see some rain across Northern Ireland and western Scotland, but elsewhere dry, warm and sunny.”
Temperatures are forecast to peak at around 20C today for the south of England, with high to mid-teens predicted for the rest of the UK.
On Sunday, temperature charts from Netweather show hot weather spreading from the south on Sunday, with highs of 26C possible.
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And the weather will continue to heat up, with a scorching 30C predicted for the south on Sunday, July 19.
Netweather maps show much of the UK turn red with the heat as highs of 30C and just below are felt widely.
This continues on Monday, July 20, with almost the entire UK turning red with heat on Netweather maps.
The Met Office long-range forecast for July 13 to July 22 predicts mostly dry and settled weather, especially for the south of England.
Netweather’s long-range forecast also predicts higher temperatures, with a high-pressure system dominating from Monday, July 13.
The long-range forecast from Monday until Sunday, July 19 reads: “High pressure will dominate the weather over much of the UK during the early to middle part of this week, and over England and Wales the weather will be predominantly dry and sunny, with temperatures above the seasonal average by day, but near average by night.
“It currently looks unlikely that this high-pressure spell will bring any prolonged heatwaves, although a short-lived hot southerly or south-easterly incursion towards the very end of this anticyclonic spell is possible.
“For much of Scotland and Northern Ireland there will also be some dry and sunny weather but cloud amounts will be more variable, as there will be an eastern North Atlantic trough which will bring moist south-westerlies into Scotland and Northern Ireland at times. Significant rainfall, though, is expected to be confined to north-west Scotland.
“Late in the week there are indications that the spell of anticyclonic weather will break down from the west or north-west, turning the weather more unsettled, but it is expected to stay on the warm side.
“Thunderstorms are possible during the breakdown but not guaranteed, as it is possible that we could see a largely thunder-free breakdown from the north-west.”