UK weather: Met Office announces end of thunderous heat wave
There will be almost uninterrupted sunshine in Bristol today, but it could all be over from tomorrow evening with a forecast for thunderstorms from the Met Office in place until Friday morning.
The city is only expected to see the sun partially obscured by clouds on Tuesday and most of Wednesday, but we need to prepare for sudden storms starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Temperatures remain elevated, albeit lower than the past few days, peaking at 23C or 24C on Tuesday and Wednesday, before dropping to 20C on Thursday and 18C on Friday.
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Today expect sunshine and blue skies with only light clouds for an hour from 9am and later from 3pm to 4pm. Wednesday will be similar with patches of cloud around this severe weather warning going off at 6 p.m.
Thursday will see early showers in Bristol, then cloudy skies with the risk of thunderstorms on a cloudy Friday until 6pm.
The pollen count in Bristol also remains high until Friday.
Looking towards the UK for the remainder of June we can expect very warm conditions in the South East becoming cooler and cooler with rain and showers.
In July there could be periods of dry, stable and warmer weather interspersed with occasional days of thicker cloud, rain and stronger winds.
Below, we take a look at the Met Office forecast for the South West and the UK long term forecast.
Today: A dry start with varying amounts of cloud throughout the morning. Long sunny periods becoming more widespread during the afternoon and very hot, especially towards the east. Maximum temperature 25 ° C.
Tonight: Remains dry with sunny spells in the evening. Overnight many clear periods however becoming cloudier in the far west and in the Bristol Channel with occasional drizzle. Minimum temperature 7 ° C.
Wednesday: A mostly dry start with clearings, however clouds and possibly drizzle persists in the extreme west. Cloud increasing for everyone thereafter, with the risk of heavy thunderstorms. Maximum temperature 26 ° C.
Outlook from Thursday to Saturday: Heavy showers dissolving until Thursday morning with clear spells developing later. Heavier and thundery rains are expected to affect eastern areas on Friday, which are drier further west. Sunshine on Saturday.
From Saturday June 19 to Monday June 28
It is likely to be warm for the most part, to very hot and humid in the southeast where there remains a risk of thunderstorms. Elsewhere, some sunny spells and variable clouds with cooler conditions.
A few showers in the south and along the north and west coasts, and windier conditions towards the extreme northwest. The cooler air should then gradually spread to the rest of the country, causing a change to much cooler and more changeable conditions in the new week, with a low risk of warm, humid air returning at times to the extreme south-east.
This will likely result in occasional bouts of rain or showers interspersed with drier, sunnier conditions. Overall, temperatures are expected to be near normal on average.
From Tuesday June 29 to Tuesday July 13
Low confidence throughout this period due to mixed and weak signals. Likely to see a mix of occasional Atlantic frontal systems affecting the UK, followed by more stable periods of weather during this period. This brings periods of dry, stable, and warmer weather interspersed with occasional days of thicker cloud, rain, and stronger winds. Temperatures will likely be slightly above average, although cooler conditions can sometimes affect the northwest. During this time, very hot, even hot, conditions could sometimes affect the south and east. Overall, precipitation amounts are likely to be near average for the time of year. While the southeast may see fewer episodes of persistent rain, thunderstorms may develop during warmer periods.