Soggy start to August as rain and thunder ends July sunshine

Showers across many parts of the country, weather forecasters predict


Britain Weather: rain, showers predicted first weekend of august

After the heatwave in July, August had a soggy start and saw showery rain across central and southern areas on Saturday.

Forecasters have predicted downpours, thunderstorms and flash flooding for the weekend, particularly in the west of the UK.

Leon Brown, Meteorologist at The Weather Channel UK, tells AOL Travel: "Saturday will be drier across Scotland and western Ireland at first but the showery rain will push further north during the afternoon turning drier across the south into the evening.

"There is a risk of some thunder across eastern England later in the afternoon. Temperatures are likely to be in the low 20s for central and southern areas, around 23C for London, but in the mid-high teens across the north and west.

Mr Brown adds: "The rain will continue to clear northwards overnight with an unsettled day across the north on Sunday and again a risk of thunder, but drier and brighter across central and southern areas with temperatures lifting to 24C in the best of the sunshine. It will be cooler across the north."

The weather is expected to be unsettled next week as high pressure continues to ridge in from the south with drier conditions more widely but still a few light scattered showers about at times across the north and west.

Leon continues: "Another low pressure system is expected to push in from the west around Wednesday bringing unsettled conditions but could be drier across the south.

"Temperatures will be around normal Monday and Tuesday but briefly lifting slightly above mid-week."

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