UK weather latest: Brutal Atlantic system to smash Britain before sizzling 21C air hits

BBC Weather: UK set for ‘blustery showers’

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Today has seen Britain battered by strong winds and at times very heavy rain, thanks to a large band of low pressure moving eastwards – conditions that are highly unusual for this time of year. Temperatures have been as low as 8C in Scotland and only as high as 13C further south towards London, the South West and South East. Wednesday will see the low pressure begin to drift away from the UK but will be replaced by blustery showers throughout the day.

BBC Weather forecaster Darren Bett warned this will keep colder air across the UK into Wednesday and probably throughout much of the rest of the week.

He added temperatures “are not rising very much at all, ranging from 9C to 11C typically”.

However, Mr Bett also warned on Thursday, a weather front is forecast to quickly head in from the Atlantic, bringing with it yet more rain throughout most of the country.

Again, temperatures will struggle to make it into double figures.

The BBC Weather forecaster said: “As we head into Thursday, we have this weather front heading in from the Atlantic – it still looks like most of the rain will be through the English Channel.

“There will be more cloud across southern parts of England and Wales and in the north, those showers are pushing further down.

“Those temperatures again – 9C to 11C, which is pretty chilly for this time of year.”

On Friday, Mr Bett explained “the weather calms down a bit” with the possibility of much drier weather across much of the UK.

There will also be some sunshine around in some areas, which will drive temperatures towards 15C in the South East.

He said: “The weather calms down a bit on Friday and it may even be a dry day for many parts of the country.

“There are a few showers developing through the day, but not as many.

“There will also be some sunshine around, which will give temperatures a bit of a boost, and they could make 15C in the southeast.

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“There is some warmer weather on the way.”

But looking ahead to the weekend, Mr Bett warned the UK would first have to endure another low pressure system coming in from the Atlantic, which will see wetter weather “arriving very quickly” across large parts of Britain.

Despite this, he forecast the South East to be relatively dry, with sunshine and temperatures rising to as high as 19C and in the longer-term nudging towards 21C.

The BBC Weather forecaster said: “There is more low pressure coming in from the Atlantic, pushing with it come weather fronts that will bring some rain from the southwest.

“That wetter weather could be arriving very quickly in Northern Ireland and Wales, and then heading its way northwards into northern England and Scotland.

“But there isn’t much rain towards the southeast of the UK – some southerly winds will give a bit of warmth and sunshine, and temperatures could reach 19C.”

Mr Bett also highlighted a “pressure pattern long term” in the Atlantic, explaining “this sort of pressure you are trapped with an area of low pressure close to the UK.

In further good news heading into next week, he said: “It’s not going to move very far and the winds will become lighter.

“There are some showers and longer-term rain around, but temperatures are going to be higher, perhaps up to 20C or 21C.”

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