UK weather leaves Brits’ taking cover as thundery downpours kick-off weekend washout – and rain will last TWO WEEKS
Remnants of Tropical Storm Debby, which dissipated over the Atlantic yesterday, has sent waves of thundery downpours to our shores, leading to flash floods and disruption.
Cricket fans had to endure more delays during England's second test against India at Lords this afternoon as lightning and heavy rain crashed down on the capital.
And the rainy weather this weekend will mainly affect western, southern and central parts of the UK this weekend as patchy cloud and lighter showers dominate elsewhere.
As much as 30mm will fall in just one hour in some places — bringing localised flooding and sending pedestrians dashing for cover.
Photos from across the country today showed rain-soaked walkers desperately trying to get out from the storms.
Meanwhile, Arctic air from Greenland is being pulled in over Britain — sending temperatures plunging from highs of over 30C earlier this week down to teens and low 20s.
And this pattern of sunshine and heavy showers set to be the weather picture for the next few weeks as low pressure hangs over the UK, leading to more changeable — and wet — conditions.
Britain will then shift back into the sweltering hot conditions endured throughout this summer from the last week of August onwards.
And the scorching conditions could last well into the autumn as the Met Office says it is more than ten times as likely we'll have above average temperatures than below average.
In a sign of the weather to come until then, tomorrow will start off bright and chilly but will build from the west.
The Met Office said: "Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will spread northeastwards into Wales, southwest England and parts of the Midlands."
Sunday will see "outbreaks of rain for many" before next week kicks off with a changeable mix of sunshine and showers.
Predicting a hot September and October, the Met Office three-month forecast for Autumn said: “The probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55 per cent.
"The coldest of our five categories is less than 5 per cent.”
This year is twice as likely as usual to have the hottest August to October period since before 1981, the Met Office forecast shows, due to more warm high pressure forecast.
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