Forecasters predict that on Tuesday much of the country will stay ‘dry, fine and warm’ with high temperatures up to 23C in some southern regions but this will change dramatically
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Tuesday could see the last of the warm and sunny weather before storms rage across parts of the UK as temperatures plunge to near-zero and heavy rain is set to fall.
Forecasters predict that today much of the country will stay ‘dry, fine and warm’ with high temperatures up to 22C in some southern regions.
But the north will see wet and windy weather and by the middle of the week storms are predicted to last the country with more widespread downpours and far cooler temperatures, with parts of the UK experiencing lows of 2C.
Senior forecaster Nick Finnis at Netweather said the warmer temperatures felt in recent days would end from Wednesday onwards.
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After a fine start to the week “it will turn cooler later in the week with increasingly windy conditions taking over, with unsettled weather in the north, though staying mostly dry in the south,” he said.
Changes will begin from mid-week, Mr Finnis told the Express, “as high pressure retreats and allows a strong jet stream coming out of northern Canada across southern Greenland to slip down towards northern Britain”.
Lows of 2C are expected in Cumbria with temperatures in single figures in parts of the north and west of the UK.
He added: “The jet stream will bring low pressure systems southeast close to Scotland, tightening isobars across the UK, bringing cooler and windy conditions for the second half of the week, with gales likely in the north – along with spells of rain or showers.”
This “strong jet stream ploughing across Scotland” on Wednesday night will herald “windier and unsettled conditions for the north” in the second half of this week.
And as well as the rain, temperatures are set to plummet from above 20C to as low as 2C in Cumbria.
This could lead to a near-freezing start for the morning commute or school run in the north and west with temperatures still in single figures in places.
As the week draws on a “band of heavy and squally rain will slip southeast across Scotland during Wednesday” forecasters added.
The north and northwest of Scotland becoming increasingly cloudy and windy with some patchy rain or drizzle. Coastal gales developing across the far northwest this afternoon. Elsewhere dry, fine and warm again after the clearance of any early fog patches.
Remaining windy with coastal gales across the northwest with heavier rain arriving later. Clear spells elsewhere but becoming cool, especially in rural areas with some patchy fog in places.
Rain across northwest Scotland sinking south into Northern Ireland and southern Scotland by evening. Gales easing but remaining windy. Elsewhere dry, mostly sunny and warm after early fog patches clear.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Periods of rain, locally heavy, continuing across northwestern areas. Gale force winds in the far north at times. Otherwise mostly dry, bright and feeling warm, but breezy with some showers.