UK weather sees temperatures of up to 26C – but Met Office warns rain is coming this week

However heavy downpours are set to sweep in across the UK within days, bringing Britain’s glorious weather to a very soggy end.

The south of England saw temperatures way above average today, as the mercury hit 26C in the capital.

But incoming Atlantic weather fronts threaten to dampen spirits with rain, wind and significantly cooler temperatures by mid-week.

Weather warnings are already in place for tonight across Northern England and the far South West, with heavy downpours are expected across Devon and Cornwall overnight.

According to the Met Office, the rest of the UK will remain dry tonight, with some cloud drifting in from the North Sea.

Overnight temperatures will hover between 12C and 15C, with the South of England getting off to a muggy start tomorrow.

Tomorrow will also be a cloudier day than today, with an overall fresher feel.

Forecasters have predicted highs of 21C, with less humid and muggy conditions but still feeling pleasant in the sunshine.

Showers are possible in the West and South of the country, with the occasional downpour expected.

Mid-week temperatures will remain in the low 20s, with the South and South East of England seeing highs of 22C, and mostly dry conditions across the country with possibly the odd shower.


  • TUESDAY: Very High – Wales, North West and South West England, High – Central and South East England, Northern Ireland, Moderate – Southern Scotland and North East England
  • WEDNESDAY: Very High – Wales, Central and Southern England,  Moderate – Northern Ireland, Southern Scotland, Northern England, Low – Northern Scotland
  • THURSDAY: High – East Anglia and South East England, Low to Moderate Rest of UK

Atlantic weather fronts will begin moving in late on Wednesday following two weeks of stagnant weather, and will bring with it significantly wet and windy conditions.

The weather system will move southward on Thursday bringing rainy conditions across the entire UK, and gale force winds in the North.

Temperatures are expected to be around 20C in the South and 17C in the North, but feeling muggy and humid once again, making for uncomfortable sleeps for most.

Similar conditions are expected for Friday, with the wet and windy weather sticking around, although temperatures will remain above average for this time of year.

The weekend is likely to remain breezy with showers, with temperatures in the high teens to end the week.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall told the Sun that the wet and windy conditions are likely to continue into next week but signalled that the end of June would be drier.

He said that the coming week’s poor conditions will fade away, with a return to more summery conditions by the following week.

Luke added: “The coming days will feel cooler and fresher for most people but that’s because we’ve been spoilt with such nice climates for a few weeks. With highs of 19C in the South and 15-16C in the North, it will still feel very pleasant.”

Forecasters have predicted a scorching summer ahead for Britain, with temperatures expected to reach a sizzling 33C.

The heatwave is set to begin at the end of June and is likely to last around three months – making it the hottest summer for 12 years.

However, the extreme heat has sparked fears of a potential drought, with the unseasonal lack of rainfall already becoming cause for concern in parts of the Lake District.


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