Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening. These clearing eastwards soon after midnight, although may be slower to clear the east coast. The rest of the night will be dry with some lengthy clear periods. Minimum temperature 9 °C.
Dry start in most places. Then sunny intervals and scattered showers developing through the day, occasionally heavy with thunder by afternoon. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Bright with occasional showers on Friday, perhaps some persistent rain in the east later. Scattered heavy showers on Saturday, drier on Sunday, perhaps rain later.
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.