UK weather forecast – Thunderstorms and plunging temperatures in the North this weekend amid 1C misery and heavy showers

THUNDERSTORMS are forecast to lash northern parts with heavy rain and bracing winds as the mercury plummets to lows of just 1C this weekend.

Met Office forecasters have warned that the first strong showers are set to roll in to Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England this morning.

This UK weather forecast graphic shows heavy rain affecting much of the UK on Saturday afternoon, especially northern parts
Rain will be seen across nearly all of the UK on Saturday afternoon, with the worst of the weather in the North

Temperatures in England and Wales will be cool today and patchy rain falls.

Eastern England and Scotland will become cloudy and murky with persistent rain particularly affecting eastern Scotland.

Thunder and heavy rain are expected to strike many parts of the UK over the weekend as the weather becomes more unsettled.

Met Office forecaster Richard Miles said: “Rain will be coming in from the East to northern England and Scotland.”

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He added: “It could get quite heavy in Scotland and the eastern slopes.

“Overall the weekend will be cold and damp – while the South will be fine.

“Overnight it could get as low as 1C on the Eastern coast between Newcastle and Hull.”

Colleague Greg Dewhurst added: “The weekend will be more unsettled compared to what we have seen.

“This is because the low pressure will be in charge, replacing the high pressure which has caused the warmer sunshine.”


He added: “This low pressure is moving in from Europe, bringing with it showery conditions on Saturday.

“Parts of northern England will be cloudy, with bouts of showery, even heavy rain.

“Southern areas and in Northern Ireland and Wales there will be a mix of sun and showers.

“On Sunday the whole of the UK will see some sunshine and rain, with a risk of thunder.”

High temperatures will stay at the May average of 15C (59F) in most of England, while the south could see above average highs of 21C (69.8F).

This comes after a warm week of sunshine, which saw temperatures between the high teens and 20C (68F).

Meanwhile in southern and central England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a mixed bag of sunshine and showers on Saturday will be followed by possible thunder.

Temperatures will stay at the May average of 15C (59F) in most of England, while the south could have above average highs of 21C (69.8F).

This comes after a warm week of sunshine, with temperatures between the high teens and 20C (68F).

This graphic shows clouds will be patchier in the South, where spells of sunshine could break through on Saturday afternoon
High temperatures will hover around average for the time of year on Saturday, but in northern parts it could get to as low at 1C overnight this weekend

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