Sunny spells developing on Thursday. Heavy rain on Friday.
Cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle at first, this clearing east during the morning with perhaps the odd sharp shower. Largely dry in the afternoon, feeling warm in any spells of sunshine. Maximum temperature 24 °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 24 °C.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Overnight rain clearing to sunshine and showers Saturday, heavy, slow-moving and perhaps thundery. Dry and largely sunny thereafter, and locally breezy on Monday. Becoming very warm locally.
UK long range weather forecast
This period will tend to 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, southern and southeastern parts of the UK should see much drier and warmer weather, which could be hot and rather humid at times, especially early to mid next week. Potential for thunderstorms to develop as any hot, settled weather breaks down from the west. Beyond that, the signals become more mixed although overall the northwest to southeast split will most probably continue. The south and southeast is likely to see some rain but it will be less frequent than in the northwest.
As we move into 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 rain or thundery outbreaks, leading to marked local variations in rainfall. Temperatures are likely to be above average, perhaps more especially in the south and west.