Britain faces a north-south divide: Parts of UK will bask in 24C while northern areas hit with rain


Mini-heatwave to return as Britain faces a north-south divide: Parts of UK will bask in 24C temperatures from tomorrow – while northern areas are lashed by heavy rain and gales as nation feels tail end of tropical Storm Alex

  • Today will bring highs of 73.4F (23C) in the south, becoming 75.2F (24C) tomorrow, but wet in northern areas
  • The tail end of Tropical Storm Alex will hit parts of country tonight, with wet and windy weather developing
  • It will bring ‘unseasonably strong winds across the northern half of the UK’, while south reaches 75.2F (24C)
  • Grass pollen will also reach its peak, bringing ‘very high levels of pollen’ this afternoon, BBC forecaster said

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Warm weather will return as Britain faces a north-south divide, with parts of the country basking in 75.2F (24C) temperatures from tomorrow, while northern areas are hit with heavy rain and gales as nation feels tail end of Tropical Storm Alex.

The tail end of the Tropical Storm will hit parts of the country tonight, becoming windy in the northwest. But for central and eastern areas of the country, today will see dry weather with sunny spells.

There will also be a few outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the west, moving eastwards and turning lighter and patchy. 

Today will bring highs of 73.4F (23C) in the south, becoming 75.2F (24C) by tomorrow, while wet and windy weather moves into northern areas.  

BBC weather forecaster Louise Lear, warned that ‘very high levels of pollen’ can be expected this afternoon, as grass pollen reaches a peak.

A heatwave will return as Britain faces a north-south divide, with parts of the country basking in four days of 75.2F (24C) temperatures from tomorrow. Pictured, people enjoy the sunshine on River Thames at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham this morning

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern, said that there will be sunny skies in the east today, with cloudier conditions in the west.

Some rain will come in on a couple of weather fronts, bringing windy weather through Friday and Saturday.

A late maximum temperature of 23C is expected today in Norwich, Mr McGivern said, with ‘the best of any drier and sunnier weather in the east.’ 

‘Initially, the cloud and rain ahead of it will lead to a damp day for western fringes, western Scotland, western parts of England as well as Wales, seeing that drizzly rain arrive during the day,’ he added.

As the rain moves eastwards, it ‘peters out overnight’, although drizzly showers around the English Channel are expected tomorrow morning. 

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Jason Kelly said that remnants of Ex-Tropical Storm Alex will bring some ‘unseasonably strong winds across the northern half of the UK’.

This will be seen especially to the northwest on Friday and Saturday.

‘The track of the low-pressure system currently looks to be off the northwest coast of the UK on Friday and Saturday and winds are likely to reach around 45mph for some parts of the north of the UK, with a chance of some gusts in excess of 55mph in some exposed northwestern island and coastal areas,’ Mr Kelly added.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern, said that there will be sunny skies in the east today, with cloudier conditions in the west. Pictured, people enjoy the sunny weather by the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham this morning

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern, said that there will be sunny skies in the east today, with cloudier conditions in the west. Pictured, people enjoy the sunny weather by the River Thames at Christchurch Meadows in Caversham this morning

Sunny weather will remain in the south, but the tail end of the tropical storm will hit parts of the country tonight, becoming windy in the northwest. Pictured, daisies on the bank of the River Thames in Caversham this morning

Sunny weather will remain in the south, but the tail end of the tropical storm will hit parts of the country tonight, becoming windy in the northwest. Pictured, daisies on the bank of the River Thames in Caversham this morning

From tomorrow, the south of England will see the best weather, with warm, sunny spells and highs of 75.2F (24C). 

But the northwest will see windy conditions with rain showers, sometimes proving heavy, due to the remnants of Ex-Tropical Storm Alex.

‘With that wind, temperatures are going to stay up,’ Mr McGivern said. 

A few showers are expected to dampen East Anglia tomorrow morning, with some in the western and northern parts of England and Wales too. 

‘The main focus for showers will be increasingly parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, especially towards the northwest where they’ll be heavy and frequent,’ he added. ‘And that strong wind, it picks up further into the afternoon with the risk of gales.’

From tomorrow, the south of England will see the best weather, with warm, sunny spells and highs of 75.2F (24C). Pictured, People take in the sunshine while crossing a bridge over the River Thames in Caversham, Reading

From tomorrow, the south of England will see the best weather, with warm, sunny spells and highs of 75.2F (24C). Pictured, People take in the sunshine while crossing a bridge over the River Thames in Caversham, Reading

Despite the breeze across the country, temperatures are expected to hit highs of 75.2F (24C) in London tomorrow, with high teens and low 20s elsewhere in England and Wales. Pictured, poppies next to a church in Caversham, Reading, today

Despite the breeze across the country, temperatures are expected to hit highs of 75.2F (24C) in London tomorrow, with high teens and low 20s elsewhere in England and Wales. Pictured, poppies next to a church in Caversham, Reading, today

Despite the breeze across the country, temperatures are expected to hit highs of 75.2F (24C) in London tomorrow, with high teens and low 20s elsewhere in England and Wales.

Stephen Dixon, spokesperson for the Met Office, said that 24C is not unusual for early summer in the UK, with ‘warmer continental air, responsible for the temperatures. 

‘We keep a cluster of showers and winds perhaps gusting in excess of 40mph or 50mph in exposed coasts but across much of England and Wales,’ Ms Lear added.

Showers will increasingly impact northern England and north Wales on Friday evening, with as much as 30mm of unseasonable rainfall in western Scotland overnight.

‘There will be more showers and stronger winds again on Saturday in the northwest, but fine weather for many elsewhere,’ Mr McGivern said.

On Saturday, the country will be windy with some showers across the northwest, bringing cooler temperatures. But in the south and east of the UK, it will stay drier, with temperatures closer to average for the time of year.

Both wind and showers are expected to ease on Sunday. Southern parts of the UK will stay mostly fine through the weekend, with sunny periods and lighter winds. 

Mr Dixon said that windy, wet weather will ease in the north, becoming breezier showers by Sunday.

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