Sunny spells developing on Thursday. Heavy rain on Friday.
Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle at first, this clearing east during the morning. Sunny spells developing behind and perhaps the odd shower, particularly over the Derbyshire hills. Feeling warm in any spells of sunshine. Maximum temperature 23 °C.
Any showers will die away during the evening, leading to a dry and largely clear night, with 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 northeast, heavy at times. Some brighter spells later in the afternoon, along with isolated but heavy, perhaps thundery showers. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
A warm period. Bright, dry initially on Saturday, but some heavy, slow-moving and perhaps thundery showers later. Dry and largely sunny thereafter, and breezy along coasts on Monday.
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.