UK weather: Wet and thundery end to Indian Summer

UK weather: Wet and thundery end to Indian Summer


The Indian Summer is set to end as forecasters have predicted heavy rain with a chance of thunder.

For Friday, highs of 22C are predicted for some parts of the UK, with showers in Scotland and the north-west, which are expected to sweep south to the Midlands.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson told Metro: "It looks like we will continue with showers or longer spells of rain, lasting until later next week."

Meanwhile, chief forecaster Leon Brown of The Weather Channel tells AOL Travel there is "a lovely weekend to come for much of the UK with plenty of sunshine from the Midlands northwards, but cooler by Sunday."

Leon says: "In the south-west, showers are likely on Saturday, moving north-west across south Wales. Some of the showers will be locally heavy with a chance of thunder.

"On Sunday, much of Wales and the Midlands northwards will have another mostly sunny but breezy day while southern counties become more cloudy in the afternoon with some light showers or spits of rain late in the day."

Despite the showers, temperatures will remain warm.

Leon adds: "Temperatures are expected to be 18 to 20C on Saturday over central and northern Britain and locally 21 to 22C in the south, so still a good 3 to 4C above the late September normal.

"But by Sunday it will feel cooler, with temperatures 14 to 16C in the north and 18 to 19C in the south, so nearer average."

Britons have been advised to make the most of the weekend because next week will be cloudier, misty and damp again.

"Some more general rain is likely to spread from the west by mid-week," says Leon. "Though temperatures will remain fairly warm and above average with southerly winds."

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