Sunny spells developing on Thursday. Heavy rain on Friday.
Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle at first, this clearing east early afternoon with perhaps the odd sharp shower. Largely dry thereafter, feeling warm in any spells of sunshine. Maximum temperature 26 °C.
A dry and mainly clear evening and night, with light winds but perhaps some mist or shallow fog patches in prone areas around dawn. Minimum temperature 13 °C.
Increasingly cloudy and breezy on Friday, with rain spreading eratically east, heavy at times. Possibly brighter in the afternoon but further rain expected later, prolonged and heavy during the evening. Maximum temperature 21 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Overnight rain clearing to sunshine but a few showers Saturday, perhaps heavy at times. Dry and largely sunny thereafter, with an increasing risk of overnight fog. Becoming very warm locally.
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.