BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of thunderstorms as temperatures plunge

BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood has forecast rain and cloud for Britain this week after a heatwave just days before. The dramatic change in weather will see the UK battered by multiple weather fronts from the Atlantic and Arctic. As temperatures climb this week, rain is expected. Ms Kirkwood said: “We do have some rain coming across southern counties today.

“One common denominator across the UK, it is going to be less windy than yesterday.

“We’ve got a shallow area of low pressure dominating our weather.

“We have a weather front coming into the southwest. It’s already producing some rain.

“As we go through the day the cloud and rain will move across parts of Wales and southern counties.

“North of that, there will be a lot of cloud and some light rain and for Scotland, clearer skies but as temperatures rise that will also spark some showers some of which could be heavy and thundery.

“Temperatures today, 14C in the north to 19C as we sweep down towards the south.”

On Wednesday morning, cold Atlantic air will sweep southwards across the UK.

Ms Kirkwood added: “As we see breaks in the cloud and the sun coming out and it feels warmer that will spark off some showers.

“It will be 21C in London and a chilly 11C in Lerwick. It’s going to chilly in the north.”

As the nation baked under hot sun this week, temperatures on Sunday will reach a maximum of 22C in London, while other areas will not be as warm with highs in the mid to late teens expected.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “On the whole, certainly much more unsettled and cooler than what a lot of the UK experienced a couple of days ago.


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“The wettest and the windiest weather will be across the northern half of the UK.”

He said the areas that weather warnings have been issued for can expect some “very wet weather”.

A total of 40mm to 50mm of rain is likely to fall quite widely, and a few places may see 90mm to 120mm, with the largest totals most likely across higher parts of Cumbria and Lancashire.

The Met Office is warning that the heavy persistent rain may lead to some disruption.

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