BBC Weather forecast: Carol Kirkwood warns of relentless showers as mercury plunges
The BBC Weather forecaster warned two wet weather fronts will hit the south of the country on Wednesday with relentless and heavy rain showers. While the north of the country will enjoy some sunshine, temperatures will drop to low single figures overnight making it a very frosty and cold day of July. Carol Kirkwood said: “Today’s forecast really is the north-south split: cloudy and wet in the south, dry and brighter in the north.
“What’s happening is we’ve got this weather front which is currently producing the cloud and the rain and then it’s going to be rejuvenated by another one bumping into it through the afternoon across parts of England and Wales.
“North of this we’re back into some sunshine. Sunny start across Scotland, just one or two showers here and there but a cold start, we’ve got some hail frost in the highlands.
“A sunny start too across Northern Ireland and northern England.
“But then we run into all this cloud and then we run into the murky conditions and the rain as we come a bit further south to south Wales, the Midlands, the south-east and southern counties generally.
“That will continue through the course of the afternoon and then it’s popped up by this second front coming in introducing heavy rain across Wales and that will eventually move further east through the rest of the evening.”
Temperatures have recovered very little since the last heatwave in June, continually hovering around the mid-teens and low 20C mark.
They will remain so until the latter half of July – but that’s when forecasters expect another heatwave will take shape.
Netweather has reported temperatures rising up to 26C for much of the country between July 12 and 20 with most regions bathing in sun by Thursday, July 16.
In London, maps from WXCHARTS show temperatures will hit a balmy 23C on Monday, July 13, stretching to 24C over into the weekend.
The service expects people will see highs of 27C by Monday, July 20, but indicated a disparity between the north and south of the UK.
Southern areas may even see the mercury build back towards 30C (86F) as the jet stream moves down.
And with a seven-day heatwave ready to sizzle Britain, bookies Ladbrokes have cut odds from 7/4 to just 10/11 on this being the hottest July ever.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s now odds-on that this goes down as the hottest July ever with scorching temperatures on their way.”
Meteorologists with the Met Office came to the same conclusion, noting a “north-south split” in their long-range forecast.
The forecast, which covers July 11 to July 20, states the period will begin with showers and sunny spells, but as the period progresses they will most likely stick in the north.
The Met Office said: “Isolated light showers in the north to start, but elsewhere looking dry with bright or sunny spells.
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“Winds staying light and temperatures rather cool to average.
“Looking further ahead, a north/ south split across the UK seems most likely.
“Northern and northwestern areas are expected to see further spells of rain, accompanied by strong winds, with the possibility of these spreading to some other areas at times.”
“Further south, however, there should be more in the way of dry weather, though even here, there is still the possibility of some showers or longer spells of rain.
“Temperatures are likely to be either around or on the warmer side of average, with the warmest conditions likely in the southeast.”
Until then, temperatures will remain unsettled, continuing a trend which has stuck for the last two weeks.
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