UK weather forecast – Month’s rain to fall in 3ins deluge today before Bank Holiday scorcher


THE UK is set to be battered by more than a month’s worth of rainfall today – before the hot weather returns for the Bank Holiday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Friday as Britain’s midsummer monsoon continues.

The Met Office yellow weather warning covers the south west, Wales and north west of England, where strong gusts and more than a month’s worth of rain will fall
Rain is set to batter the UK today, with this weather graphic showing intense stormy downpours sweeping in from the west 

Heavy downpours are set to cause disruption to travel and homes could be flooded in the deluge.

Up to three inches of rain is expected to fall in parts tomorrow – along with strong gusts of up to 40 mph.

That equates to around a month’s worth of rain in just one day, as the average rainfall for England in August is only 2.72 inches.

The severe weather warning is in place for the majority of the South and South West of England, reaching from Manchester to Plymouth.

It also covers the entirety of Wales.

On Friday we could see wet and windy weather with further outbreaks of rain and coastal gales into the weekend

Emma Smith, meteorologist

Heavy rain is expected to coincide with peak travel times – causing disruption and difficult driving conditions from the early morning to the late afternoon.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said: “There’s a chance the weather at the weekend could be quite disruptive, much like the one just gone.”

“On Friday we could see wet and windy weather with further outbreaks of rain and coastal gales into the weekend.”

The deluge is expected across the UK today


She added: “There should be some sun and showers on Saturday, but with a risk of thunder across the country.

“The warnings we have for Saturday are for 30 to 40mm of rain in the North and Wales.

“This unsettled weather is due to the jet stream in the Atlantic filtering low pressure towards us.

“By Tuesday and Wednesday next week we should see things settle down and western England and Wales should see some better weather.

“High pressure is due to build in the south by the end of the month and we should be heading back to more seasonable weather conditions particularly in the South East.

“Wednesday morning, an area of low pressure will move in from the South West with high winds and outbreaks of rain across the country.

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“The heaviest rain will be in northern England. While the rain will clear away on Thursday it will be followed by thunder.”

But it’s not all bad news, as forecasters say a heatwave could return to the UK in just 10 days.

Large parts of Asia are being hit by a tropical typhoon which is sending a heat blast towards Europe.

If it hits the UK it is likely to bring an end to the heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms which have caused chaos this month.

Liam Dutton, a Channel 4 News weatherman, said the Asian typhoon is likely to bring summer weather back before the end of August.

The Met Office also added that parts of the South and South East are expected to enjoy temperatures of at least 25C as the weather settles down from Monday.

Marco Peteagna, a forecaster at the Met Office, told The Sun Online: “Things will start to improve next week.

“The jet stream from the Atlantic will push north on Monday which will bring warmer weather and sunshine.”

SWNS:South West News Service

Floods are expected as a month’s worth of rain is going to fall on Friday[/caption]

Blackpool in Lancashire was battered by strong winds and heavy rain yesterday
Worthing beach in West Sussex was completely empty during the August monsoon 
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