UK weather forecast live – Mercury to hit 22C this weekend after Britain is battered by downpours and high winds

BRITS are set to bask in 22C sunshine over the weekend as a hot Atlantic air hits the UK.

The mercury will soar far above temperatures usually expected around this time year from Saturday May 22.

London and Leeds will see the highest temperatures while the rest of the country will see temperatures in the teens.

Before that though, we're in for a few days being blasted by downpours and high winds.

Heavy showers are expected in the south tomorrow, developing again in other areas through the morning, but drier with more sunshine in southwest UK for the afternoon.

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Jon Rogers

    NEXT WEEK FORECAST

    The Met Office  long-range forecast  for Saturday, May 22 to Monday May 31 says: "Unsettled conditions continuing, with scattered showers again developing across most areas.

    "These showers are likely to be heavy at times, with thunderstorms possible in places.

    "On Friday and possibly into the weekend, more prolonged spells of rain are likely at times, especially in the west. Into next week, there is a chance of more settled conditions to gradually become established.

    "Whilst further rain and showers are possible, overall drier and brighter conditions should become more dominant.

    "Staying rather cool for the time of year, although night time frost will be limited, mainly across rural, northern areas. During next week, there are some indications that conditions may start to turn warmer, with temperatures closer to normal for the time of year."

  • Jon Rogers

    UNSETTLED OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

    Unsettled and overcast tomorrow with rain spreading eastwards throughout the day, and it will be heavy and persistent across western and northern areas during the day.

    Friday will be another cloudy and unsettled day with outbreaks of rain sinking southwards, these heavy and persistent at times, according to the Meteogroup.

  • Jon Rogers

    SHOWERS TOMORROW

    Heavy showers are expected in the south tomorrow, developing again in other areas through the morning, but drier with more sunshine in southwest UK for the afternoon.

    Rain in central Scotland turning more showery, the Met Office said.

  • Jon Rogers

    WETTEST MAY ON RECORD

    Bookies Coral has May odds-on, at 1-4, to be the wettest ever. And they’ve slashed the odds on June following suit.

    “The rain is showing no signs of letting up and as we head towards summer, we have now cut the odds on next month being our wettest June since records began,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    “A Great British washout is destined to re-write the record books for rainfall and this month is already odds on to be our wettest May.”

  • Jon Rogers

    WETTEST MAY ON RECORD

    Bookies Coral has May odds-on, at 1-4, to be the wettest ever. And they’ve slashed the odds on June following suit.

    “The rain is showing no signs of letting up and as we head towards summer, we have now cut the odds on next month being our wettest June since records began,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    “A Great British washout is destined to re-write the record books for rainfall and this month is already odds on to be our wettest May.”

  • Jon Rogers

    BRITS SET TO BASK IN 22C SUNSHINE THIS WEEKEND

    Brits are set to bask in 22C sunshine over the weekend as a hot Atlantic air hits the UK.

    The mercury will soar far above temperatures usually expected around this time year from Saturday May 22.

    London and Leeds will see the highest temperatures while the rest of the country will see temperatures in the teens.

    In the midlands, of England and Wales peak temperatures will be between 15-17C.

  • Jon Rogers

    BRIGHT START TO WEDNESDAY MORNING

    There will be a bright start to Wednesday morning but some areas will still have heavy showers.

    The Met Office said in a Twitter message: "For many places Wednesday morning will be a bright start.

    "Though it won't be entirely dry as heavy showers clear the south-east and duller and wetter weather will affect the north-east."

    It's predicted to be a bright start for the morning commute

     

  • Jon Rogers

    NEXT WEEK FORECAST

    The Met Office long-range forecast for Saturday, May 22 to Monday May 31 says: “Unsettled conditions continuing, with scattered showers again developing across most areas.

    “These showers are likely to be heavy at times, with thunderstorms possible in places.

    “On Friday and possibly into the weekend, more prolonged spells of rain are likely at times, especially in the west. Into next week, there is a chance of more settled conditions to gradually become established.

    “Whilst further rain and showers are possible, overall drier and brighter conditions should become more dominant.

    “Staying rather cool for the time of year, although night time frost will be limited, mainly across rural, northern areas. During next week, there are some indications that conditions may start to turn warmer, with temperatures closer to normal for the time of year.”

  • Jon Rogers

    WEDNESDAY COULD BE BEST DAY OF THE WEEK BUT EXPECT SHOWERS

    Wednesday could be the best day of the week although some "shower dodging" will be needed.

    The Met Office said in an update: "Tomorrow looks like the best day of the week for many, however there'll still be some shower dodging necessary."

  • Jon Rogers

    BOOKIES THINK 2021 COULD BE WETTEST YEAR EVER

    2021 could be the wettest year ever, according to Ladbrokes.

    After Britain was battered by more thunderstorms on Monday, the bookies have slashed odds from 10/1 to just 5/1 on this going down as a record-breaking wet year.

    Elsewhere, it remains a 1/2 shot for this month to be the wettest May ever.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Summer can't come soon enough as we strap ourselves in for what's looking increasingly likely to go down as a record-breaking wet month ahead."

  • Jon Rogers

    WILL MAY'S WET WEATHER BREAK RECORDS?

    The Met Office has said it is too early to tell if May's wet weather will break any records.

    This month could be one of the wettest Mays on record, surpassing 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the UK.

    So far this month 70mm of rain has fallen.

    Meteorologist Craig Snell though said: "We have had a wetter than average May, we can safely say that.

    "It's certainly going to end up being quite a wet month."

  • Jon Rogers

    UK SET TO BE BATTERED BY MORE HEAVY SHOWERS AND HIGH WINDS

    Parts of the UK have been lashed with torrential rain and hail, with forecasters warning that more wet weather and high winds are expected later in the week.

    Photographs showed hail falling so hard in the streets of London that the ground looked like it was covered in snow, while others parts of the South East were also hit with heavy rain.

    The Met Office said that the country will continue to see showers through Wednesday, but on Thursday high winds and further rain could lead to weather warnings being imposed.

    Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said that the heaviest rain on Tuesday had fallen in the South East, with 16mm recorded over 12 hours in Goudhurst in Kent.

    He added that a deep band of unseasonable low pressure will bring more wet and windy weather on Thursday and Friday, with some coastal areas likely to be hit with 60mph gusts.

    Mr Snell said that the south-west of England and south Wales coast will see the strongest winds but inland there could still be gusts of 40-50mph which could cause some disruption.

  • Jon Rogers

    LOUISIANA BRACED FOR YET MORE RAIN

    Residents in southern Louisiana were bracing for more rain Tuesday after heavy downpours flooded homes, swamped cars and closed a major interstate.

    Lake Charles once again took the brunt of natures fury in a coastal zone still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes last fall and a deep freeze in February.

    The National Weather Service said south Lake Charles in western Louisiana saw 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 centimeters) of rain in a 12-hour period Monday, while elsewhere in the parish as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) fell.

    As the storm moved east, as much as 13 inches (33 centimeters) of rain fell overnight in Louisiana's capital city of Baton Rouge, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

    By Tuesday the waters had largely receded, but more rain is expected across the region this week.

    An aerial view of the flooded Siegen Calais apartments in Baton Rouge
  • Jon Rogers

    HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERY SHOWERS FOR SOUTHWEST TONIGHT

    Southwest England is expected to be battered with heavy rain and thundery showers tonight.

    The Met Office said in a Twitter message: "This area of cloud will bring further heavy, possibly thundery showers to southwest England this evening.

    "Also note how the shower clouds have preferentially developed over the land, which is warmer than the sea."

    Thundery showers are expected in the southwest tonight
  • Jon Rogers

    UNSETTLED OUTLOOK FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

    Unsettled and overcast tomorrow with rain spreading eastwards throughout the day, and it will be heavy and persistent across western and northern areas during the day.

    Friday will be another cloudy and unsettled day with outbreaks of rain sinking southwards, these heavy and persistent at times, according to the Meteogroup.

  • Jon Rogers

    WEDNESDAY NIGHTTIME FORECAST

    Daytime showers will ease and become largely confined to eastern areas during the evening.

    Overnight will then be dry with long clear spells for most areas and patches of mist and fog will form.

    Cloud will build from the south-west bringing rain to Northern Ireland and south-west England by dawn, the Meteogroup says.

  • Jon Rogers

    WEDNESDAY DAYTIME FORECAST: SUNNY SPELLS AND SHOWERS

    A largely dry and bright start to the day with sunny spells, however there will be a few showers around.

    It will then continue bright with sunny spells for many but scattered showers will develop, these most frequent across northern and eastern areas and some will turn locally heavy and thundery, the Meteogroup forecasts.

  • Aliki Kraterou

    HAIL STORM IN LONDON

     

  • Aliki Kraterou

    TIPS FOR DRIVING IN RAIN

    • Use dipped headlights, if visibility is seriously reduced
    • Increase your gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front
    • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles- grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands

    WETTEST MAY ON RECORD

    Britain is set to experience the wettest May on record as more rain is on the way – but it could dry up in time for the Bank Holiday.

    More than a month's worth of the wet stuff has already fallen across the country as the lockdown rules have started to lift.

    The wet weather has been relentless this month, and despite May being just half of the way through it has seen 2.8inches falling across the UK on average.

    But it's not all doom and gloom, the Met Office have said that warmer weather will arrive at the end of the month thanks to a high pressure system that could 'dry things up'.

    MORE SHOWERS EXPECTED IN THE EVENING

     

    • Aliki Kraterou

      CLOUDY NORFOLK

       

    • Aliki Kraterou

      DOWNPOURS AND HAIL THIS AFTERNOON

    • Aliki Kraterou

      NEXT WEEK FORECAST

      The Met Office long-range forecast for Saturday, May 22 to Monday May 31 says: “Unsettled conditions continuing, with scattered showers again developing across most areas.

      “These showers are likely to be heavy at times, with thunderstorms possible in places.

      “On Friday and possibly into the weekend, more prolonged spells of rain are likely at times, especially in the west. Into next week, there is a chance of more settled conditions to gradually become established.

      “Whilst further rain and showers are possible, overall drier and brighter conditions should become more dominant.

      “Staying rather cool for the time of year, although night time frost will be limited, mainly across rural, northern areas. During next week, there are some indications that conditions may start to turn warmer, with temperatures closer to normal for the time of year.”

    • Aliki Kraterou

      STRONG WINDS EXPECTED THIS WEEK

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