UK braced for more unsettled weather as poor summer continues


The UK is poised for more unsettled weather as the disappointing summer continues.

London was battered with heavy showers on Tuesday with a yellow warning of rain issued by the Met Office for both the capital and south east England.

Forecasters warned of torrential downpours and thunderstorms, with people told to be aware of the possibility of localised flooding. 

And there is no hope of improvement, as Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told the Press Association: "Currently, we're looking at average temperatures across the UK for the time of year with no indication at this time of any prolonged dry, sunny spells."

He said the showers are set to continue on Wednesday throughout the UK, but the South East can expect some respite with a drier day on the cards.

It looks like Thursday will be the driest day of the week across the country, but Friday will bring more cloud and rain particularly in the North West.

Mr Partridge said the weekend is likely to be "unsettled", with the driest conditions in the South East.

Parts of England Wales can expect warm and dry spells on Sunday, but Northern Ireland and Scotland are set to face breezier conditions with outbreaks of rain.

Next week will bring more "changeable conditions", with the South East always faring a little bit better than the rest of the UK, according to Mr Partridge.

"But temperatures are going to be near average for the time of year," he said, adding that a prolonged warm spell is not likely at this stage. 

Mr Partridge said the latter part of July and beginning of August is also likely to bring "changeable" weather with bands of rain expected.