UK weather forecast: 'Fine, dry and sunny' conditions to return in just days

Met Office maps/dry ground
Met Office maps paint a pretty picture over this weekend for the UK
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James Saunders

By James Saunders

Published: 06/06/2024

- 11:42

Parts of London and the South will average out at around 19-20C - but Britons should expect rain either side of the weekend

Most Britons can look forward to a weekend of "fine, dry and bright or sunny weather", meteorologists have said, as the country looks to recover from a dismal wet spring.

Over Thursday and Friday, smatterings of rainfall buffeting much of the country will dry out, paving the way for a clement couple of days heading into next week.

Meteorologists at NetWeather have said, for Friday, "as bright or sunny spells appear it will feel pleasant enough at 17 or 18C".

On Saturday, temperatures should hover around the mid-to-high teens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - with Cardiff, Belfast and London seeing 16C, 14C and 19C averages by mid-afternoon on June 8.

Generally, it's set to be warmer on England's east and south coasts than elsewhere, with thermometers staying around 16-17C from Cornwall all the way round to the Humber.

Met Office maps/dry ground

Met Office maps paint a pretty picture over this weekend for the UK

Met Office/PA

A "fine, dry and bright or sunny" weekend, as forecasters NetWeather have put it, will doubtless be a pleasant respite for millions across the UK - though look away, Hayfever-sufferers: the further down the country you go, the higher the pollen count is going to be over the next couple of days.

On Friday, those with pollen allergies should note the Met Office has Wales, the Midlands and everywhere further south down as "high risk", with London and the South-East marked "very high".

But a sizeable band of rain making its way south from the Atlantic should wash out much of the area most affected by the allergy-causing plant matter.

Met Office graphs show a country-sized area of downpours drenching Ireland and the West of England by Monday morning, with the South to follow as it makes its way past the UK and over to the continent.


UK weather maps

It isn't all good news as the Met Office as forecasters predict a washout in the South

Met Office

But back to temperature; while forecasters have much of the country down for enjoying a warm weekend, it's not quite the same story in Scotland and Northern England.

Parts of Northern Scotland are set to average out at a paltry 9C - even mid-Saturday afternoon - with much of the country not far behind, sitting at between 10-13C.

NetWeather forecasters also added: "Plenty of sunny spells might trick you into thinking it is fine and warm outside, which it will be in sheltered spots.

"However, anywhere in the wind or shade will feel cool as this air flows down from the Arctic."

And the rainfall slated to ease up over most of the UK by the weekend will sadly continue in Scotland, with occasional showers continuing until that big, Hayfever-ending bout of rain pulls across.

When that band of showers touches down in Wales and the West of England, Scotland looks set to get off scot-free, with just the odd downpour touching land in the Highlands and coasts.

Past the weekend, the Met Office's long-range forecast says: "Showers likely to affect mainly north-eastern areas at the start of this period with the chance of a more organised band of cloud and rain from the west.

"Driest and sunniest conditions in southern areas. A build of pressure will probably bring settled conditions across the country for a few days after this, with dry, sunny conditions prevailing.

"Toward the following weekend, these dry conditions may start to decline with a greater chance of more unsettled weather developing. Should this happen, wettest conditions are likely to be in the north and west, with driest weather in the south and east.

"There is still a chance that drier conditions could remain in place more widely. Temperatures likely to be near or slightly below average at first, perhaps slightly above normal later."

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