Winter’s closing in! Britons wake to chilly 5C morning with washout weekend of heavy showers and flooding on way
- The 92F August Bank Holiday heatwave is set to be washed away today by downpours across the country
- Met Office issues yellow weather warning for the weekend as a band of heavy rain moves across Scotland
- Ridge of high pressure to bring sunnier conditions for many areas of England and Wales today and tomorrow
Britain is bracing itself for a weather washout today as the high temperatures of the August Bank Holiday are washed away by downpours across the country.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the weekend as a band of heavy rain is expected to become slow moving across southwest Scotland, especially across the hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
The alert, set to come into force from noon tomorrow and last until the same time on Saturday, warns flooding of homes and businesses is ‘likely’ according to the Met Office.
It comes after the bank holiday heatwave came to a dramatic end overnight, as temperatures fell to just 41F (5C) in parts of Scotland and Wales after thunderstorms and heavy rain swept in.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the weekend (right) as a band of heavy rain is expected to become slow moving across southwest Scotland, especially across the hills of Dumfries and Galloway. A weather map shows a band of cloud and rain moving in from the north west of Scotland
Parts of Britain saw temperatures fall to just 41F (5C) overnight (left) as the bank holiday heatwave became a distant memory
The Met Office warning states: ‘A period of heavy and persistent rain is expected to affect southwest Scotland through Friday afternoon and into Saturday morning.
‘Accumulations of 30-50mm are expected quite widely with isolated accumulations of 100mm possible over the hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
‘There is some uncertainty in the northern and southern extent of the heaviest rain with Dumfries and Galloway considered most likely to see some impacts.’
A ridge of high pressure will bring sunnier conditions for many areas of England and Wales today and tomorrow, but conditions are set to be breezy, with showers expected in northern and western areas.
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: ‘These showers will be frequent, heavy and prolonged in places, western Scotland and Northern Ireland in particular.
People relax on a bench overlooking Woolacombe beach in North Devon on Tuesday as temperatures got above 90F again
‘Cloudier skies here and the wind picking up so all in all a blustery day in the north-west with those showers packing in it will feel on the cool side.
‘But further south-east and though we’ve lost the heat of the last few days the temperatures still feeling pleasant enough 24C and sunny spells.’
Highs of between 91.8F (33.2C) and 92.1F (33.4C) were recorded over the bank holiday at London Heathrow, although temperatures plunged overnight and into this morning as showers moved from west to east.
Records were broken for the hottest ever August Bank Holiday weekend – with 91.9F (33.3C) recorded on Sunday – and the warmest Monday of the break at 91.8F (33.2C). Both temperatures were recorded at Heathrow Airport.
The forecast comes as a survey found Britons have lost hundreds of pounds this summer after having plans cancelled due to this summer’s unpredictable weather.
After the hottest UK temperatures since records began (101.7F/38.7C) was recorded at Cambridge Botanic Garden on July 25, torrential rain brought flash flooding at the end of the month and beginning of August.