Warmer weather to return despite reports of ‘super storm’ hitting UK, Met Office says

UK will see typical spring weather over next few days, Met Office says

Stuti Mishra
Tuesday 19 March 2024 09:33 GMT
UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

The Met Office has said the UK will experience a “typical mix of spring weather” this week with sporadic periods of sunshine and has dismissed reports that a two-week storm will drench the country.

Milder and sunny conditions over the weekend are set to continue this week, with temperatures in the mid-to-low teens for many in the south of the country.

Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon told The Independent: “It’s a typical mix of spring weather for the UK this week, with periods of sunshine, showers and gusty winds and rain at times for some.

“The set-up ahead of the weekend is for temperatures to gradually shift back more towards average for the time of year, with a mix of sunshine and showers for many, though details are still being determined.”

The forecaster dismissed reports that a 400-mile “superstorm” is heading from the US and was set to bring extreme conditions to the UK at the end of this month with large amounts of rain for a period of two weeks.

Mr Dixon said there is nothing in the current forecast that could be described as a “powerful storm” for the UK.

Tuesday is starting on a rainy note as overnight showers continue in the morning for sometime, moving southeastward across England and Wales throughout the day.

Rainfall forecast for Tuesday morning shows showers across the western parts of the country, with some areas in yellow receiving as much as 8mm per hour of rain, as a band of rain moves across eastwards gradually (Met Office )

However, these showers will clear by the afternoon, leaving a dry day behind with occasional sunshine.

Mr Dixon said “some isolated showers will still pop up in some central areas through Tuesday, though it will be dry for many through the day.”

Temperatures are forecasted to remain mostly mild, with 14C (57.2F) expected in many areas in the south.

Forecast for 4pm shows rain almost entirely clearing out in the afternoon with some sporadic showers here and there (Met Office)

However, more changeable conditions are expected from Wednesday onwards, with conditions turning windier on Thursday.

As the rain once again moves in later on Tuesday, Wednesday will have “a soggy start to the day for much of England and Wales”, Mr Dixon said.

Rainfall forecast for Wednesday morning shows rain entering from southwest bringing heavier showers at times (Met Office)

“This will gradually peter out later in the day as it moves eastwards.”

“There’s some wet and windy weather from the north from Thursday, with an area of low pressure far to the north of the UK.”

“This will bring some gusty winds to the north on Thursday, with the west of Scotland likely to see some heavy rain at times,” Mr Dixon said.

The weekend forecast shows a continuation of sunny spells and showers across the UK, which can turn heavy and thundery at times, perhaps with hail in places.

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