Summer washout! UK to expect rain for the next month


Summer washout! UK to expect rain for the next month

It seems the recent balmy weather could soon become a distant memory - as weather forecasters predict a change in the jet stream will bring unsettled weather for the next month.

It could be bad news for upcoming big events, like Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "The whole weather pattern will change this week, and the rest of June looks rather unsettled, at times wet, and some strong wind too.

"Temperatures also quite a bit cooler in the west where, for the past 10 days or so, it has often been warm and sunny with winds from the east. Eastern Britain will lose the cold winds off the North Sea so may actually feel a little warmer though, despite the unsettled pattern.

"The windiest periods this week is likely to be Thursday in the south, and later on Friday to Saturday. Sunday may be a very wet day in the southern half of the UK.

"The wettest areas this week will be south west England, Wales, north England and much of southern and central Scotland with 30mm to 60mm. The driest with 10mm to 15mm will be East Anglia, Kent and the very far north of Scotland.

"The west of the UK has been enjoying temperatures in the low 20s until now, 24C in west Wales, but will drop back to 15C to 17C from Thursday.

"The east of the UK has been quite cool recently in the easterly winds off the North Sea.

"This week winds will be from the south to south west so temperatures recovering from the 14C to 16C mark back up to 18C to 20C, so feeling warmer for these areas."

The Met Office suggests the jet stream will stay south for the next four weeks, but that the rain will not be as heavy as in the summer 2012.

Sarah Holland, spokeswoman for the Met Office, told Aol Travel: "Indications currently show that the weather is likely to stay rather changeable through the end of June and first part of July, with westerly winds allowing weather systems to push in from the Atlantic, bringing spells of rain at times.

"Conditions will generally be more unsettled towards the northwest of the UK, with the best of the drier and brighter periods in the south and east. Temperatures are likely to be a little below average for the time of year, especially in western parts, whereas rainfall amounts look to be close to average in most places."

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