The North-South WEATHER divide! South of England is set for glorious 75F sun today… while Scotland and the North face rain and ‘unseasonably’ strong 55mph winds as tail end of Tropical Storm Alex sweeps in
- Next few days will be dry in South with highs of 24C (75F) today, 22C (72F) tomorrow and 21C (70F) on Sunday
- But there will be ‘unseasonably’ strong winds hitting North West amid remnants of former tropical storm Alex
- Forecasters also warn hayfever sufferers that pollen levels will be ‘very high’ in South East until next Tuesday
Britons are set to enjoy a beautiful weekend in parts of the country with hot weather expected in South East England after a scorcher today – but the North and Scotland face heavy rain and strong winds.
The next few days are forecast to be dry and sunny for southern areas with highs of 24C (75F) today, 22C (72F) tomorrow and 21C (70F) on Sunday – but there will be ‘unseasonably’ strong winds hitting the North West.
Remnants of former tropical storm Alex, which brought torrential deluges to Florida, are due to hit northern areas of the UK today and tomorrow – and although no longer a named storm, it is set to bring gusts of up to 55mph.
Forecasters also warned hayfever sufferers that pollen levels will be ‘very high’ in South East England until next Tuesday, while they will be at least ‘high’ for all of England and Wales apart from the North East.
Today will be bright for most of the UK with long spells of sunshine and some patchy cloud cover, but there is also a chance of showers across Scotland and Northern Ireland where it will also be cloudier with a brisk breeze.
There will then be a clear evening for much of England and Wales but it will be overcast for Northern Ireland and Scotland with rain which may become heavy later in the night and also hit northern England.
Tomorrow will be largely dry with sunny spells and patchy cloud across southern England and Wales but it will be breezy with heavy rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the North of England.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: ‘Although no longer a named storm, the remnants of Ex-Tropical Storm Alex will bring some unseasonably strong winds across the northern half of the UK – 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.’
Sunday will see sunny intervals with cloudier periods in the morning, and it will be mostly dry with spells of rain, mainly to the north early on – while Monday will see dry and cloudy weather with some sunny intervals.
The warmest temperature so far in Britain this week was 23.5C (74.3F) at London Heathrow Airport recorded on Wednesday, while the same location was where the UK’s current 2022 record of 27.5C (81.5F) was set on May 17.