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UK 5 day weather forecast


Rain spreading east overnight, sunny spells and some showers Thursday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Outbreaks of showery rain will spread eastwards, bringing a damp end to the night in the east. Drier, clearer conditions will follow into the north and west, with showers arriving in the west of Scotland and Northern Ireland by morning.


Cloudier skies in the southeast with showers, perhaps turning heavy before clearing in the afternoon. Elsewhere sunny spells with scattered heavy, possibly thundery showers mainly in the north and west.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Turning unsettled through Friday with rain and locally heavy, thundery downpours moving east. Sunshine and scattered thundery showers Saturday. Drier on Sunday before further rain arrives into the northwest.


UK long range weather forecast

This period will likely see a northwest to southeast split in the weather across the UK with northwestern parts experiencing spells of rain, which could be heavy at times, as well as some periods of strong wind bringing a risk of coastal gales. By contrast, the southern and southeastern parts of the UK should see much drier and warmer weather, which could become hot and rather humid at times, especially early to mid next week. The south and southeast will not be without rain but it will be less frequent than in the northwest. The weather signals become more mixed as we head towards the end of July, but the northwest to southeast split in the weather will most probably continue through this period.


As we move early August, the final month of the meteorological summer, confidence is low in the forecast with no one single weather pattern looking to dominate. As is often the case in summer, this could well mean plenty of fine, dry weather, interspersed with occasional thundery outbreaks, leading to marked local variations in rainfall. Temperatures are likely to be above average, perhaps more especially in the south and west.


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