Brits to brace for ‘persistent rain’ before welcoming ‘drier’ weekend

BBC Weather: UK set for ‘persistent rain’

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BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said more episodes of thundery rain are expected to develop throughout the day and on Friday, especially across parts of Scotland and central areas of the UK. As we head into tonight and overnight, bands of rain will spread southwards across Wales and southern England, resulting in “fairly wet conditions” in these areas and Scotland. Referring to Saturday and Sunday, Mr Taylor said the country is going to welcome an overall “drier and quieter” weekend weather-wise with temperatures expected to reach up to 24C degrees in southeastern areas of the UK.

Mr Taylor said: “This morning there is some sunshine around, but for some of you it’s still gloomy at the moment.

“Plenty of rain, lots of showers towards the south and across Wales, also more persistent rain across parts of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and into East Anglia, it is working its way northwards.

“A few bans of showery and thundery rain across parts of Scotland, here there will be some brightness in between, few showers around Northern Ireland.

“To the south of these bands later across parts of northern England you might avoid most parts of afternoon showers, but they will come and go and could be thundery.

“Light wind to develop across parts of Wales this afternoon and if you see showers coming your way, it could be around for some time.

He added: “Not feeling too badly in the sunshine, it could be cooler in southeast Scotland with more persistent rain in place.”

As we head into tonight and overnight, he said: “Rain will spread across the Irish Sea and then southwards and towards Wales, fairly wet across parts of Scotland overnight, it could be thundery across parts of southern England and the English Channel.

“Tonight it’s not going to be particularly chilly, temperatures generally around 11C to 14C degrees.”

BBC Weather: UK set for ‘persistent rain’

Mr Taylor continued: “Low pressure has been with us for quite some time, it’s going to be with us on Friday, it is making its way eastwards and northwards with a weather front which will develop in eastern Scotland through the day.

“Very murky wet day here [in Scotland], with cool and strong breeze.

“It’s a day to keep an eye on the sky for most parts of the country, storms could be developing.”

On Saturday and Sunday, he said: “That breeze will ease down during the weekend and things will turn a bit quieter, still some outbreaks of rain, one or two showers around.

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“It will be a quite misty and foggy start on Saturday morning for some of you, that will lift and some of you will be dry with temperatures around 17C to 22C degrees.

“As we go into Sunday, we will see a little bit of high pressure, Saturday night to Sunday morning extensive mist and fog around with weather front expected to develop in the west.

“Outbreaks of rain developing in the west, elsewhere many places will stay dry, overall it will feel warmer again with temperatures in the sunshine around 24C degrees.

“Overall this weekend, compared to the rest of this week, is going to be quieter weather-wise”.

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