18 August 2021

Band of rain to hit UK this weekend after wet start to August in many areas

18 August 2021

More rain is on the way after some parts of the UK were deluged by over a month’s worth of downpours in the first 17 days of August.

The Met Office has said a band of rain will move from the west to the east of the nation at the end of the week, with a chance of flooding in some central and eastern areas of England on Sunday.

But temperatures will climb to around 20C in northern areas, and London could see 25C on Friday and Sunday.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge has said up to 40mm of rain could hit parts of Northern Ireland and south-west England over 24 hours on Saturday, and the northern Pennines on Sunday.

More wet weather is on the way at the weekend, the Met Office has said (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Media)

This comes after London and Northern Ireland have experienced a particularly wet August.

Mr Partridge said the City of London has had 117% of its usual August rainfall already, with 60mm of rain falling on the capital up to August 17 compared with 51mm usually seen over the entire month.

Northern Ireland has had 90mm of rain – 90% of its 97mm average for the month.

East Anglia and north-east England have been the driest areas, having only had 43% of their average August rainfall so far at 24mm and 30mm respectively.

The Met Office has forecast a cloudy but warm start for most of the UK on Thursday, with showers throughout the day which could be heavy in some areas.

The rain is set to be heaviest across parts of north-east England and Scotland, while the best of the sunshine will be seen in south-east and central areas of England in the morning, and in south-western areas including Wales by the afternoon.

A band of showers will move into Northern Ireland on Friday morning, before deluging the rest of the UK over the weekend.

Mr Partridge said the worst of the downpours are likely to land on western areas on Saturday, and in the Midlands and eastern areas on Sunday.

Some areas, including the City of London, have experienced more than a month’s worth of rain in the first 17 days of August (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)

He said: “Friday is looking fairly dry and we could see 24 or 25C which will probably be around the London area.

“It could be fairly unsettled with some rain on Saturday, with the driest day being Friday.

“The east and south east will remain fairly dry on Saturday, while in the west it will be quite a wet affair.

“Sunday could be wet in some places and we might need some rainfall warnings.

“It does look as if the Midlands and eastern areas could have a pretty wet Sunday – but there’s also a lot of uncertainty in it.”

Thursday will bring cooler temperatures than Wednesday, with around 21C predicted in London, 15C in Edinburgh, 20C in Cardiff and 18C in Belfast.

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