UK weather forecast: 45mm downpour as torrential rain starts ‘unsettled’ week | Weather | News


Sunday will end with milder temperatures, with some areas experiencing a more seasonal 11C after the coldest April night in decades. However, after a mostly mild Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the rain is returning in full force, with some areas experiencing showers of up to 45mm on Wednesday.

According to WXCharts, from midnight Tuesday a band of rain began to form over Scotland and Northern Ireland, pushing east from the Atlantic.

These twin bands then merge into a midday deluge of rain, hitting Scotland and Northern Ireland with a maximum of 3mm per hour, while less than 1mm hit parts of northern England.

The collision of low and high pressures in Britain disrupts this band of rain, sending lighter spells to the west coast of England at 6 p.m.

As of midnight Wednesday, the worst of the rain remains along eastern Scotland, with some pushing south to the coasts of England and Wales.

Wednesday is then expected to see the worst rain of the week, with pressure forcing groups to push circularly over the UK.

By midday most of the UK will see showers of 1mm per hour, while eastern Scotland continues to be inundated for the second day in a row with showers of 2mm.

Rain persists over the south-east into the evening, building up in parts of Kent to 2mm per hour.

However, the worst of the rain is again seen in eastern Scotland, with parts of the North East Coast and the Hebrides seeing 5mm per hour at 3pm.

While most of the rain is pushed back to 9pm across the UK, these parts of Scotland then see snowfall of up to 3cm per hour.

In the 24 hours to midnight Thursday, areas such as Lochcarron see 45mm of rain.

Meanwhile most of the UK is seeing a wet albeit much lighter weekend, with WXCharts holding all areas except Newcastle will see at least 1mm of rain over the course of the day.

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Jim Dale, meteorologist for the UK Meteorological Service, told The Sun that the cold would return on Wednesday.

He said: “We will lose the very cold influence on Sunday and Monday, and Tuesday will be milder compared to the end of last week.

“However, when that cold front comes in on Wednesday and Thursday, we’re back into very cold weather again.”

Average temperatures leading up to Wednesday range between 7C and 11C, while WXCharts maintain midday lows of 3C as far south as Cardiff.


Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told the Mirror Online: ‘We could see strong, possibly high winds around Scotland.

“More unsettled weather is expected to hit most of Britain from Monday to Wednesday, with widespread rain and winds expected.”

Mr Partridge added ‘that’s the difficulty with spring and its peaks and troughs’.

Sunny weather will be brief, with bands of rain and wind forecast for the coming week and the Easter weekend.

The Met Office said on Tuesday and Thursday: ‘Rain in many northern parts on Tuesday, brighter in the south. Snow in parts of Scotland on Wednesday with showers elsewhere. Cold Thursday with snow showers in the north.

From Thursday April 7 to Saturday April 16, the Met Office said: “To end the week and through the weekend it will likely be cold in the north with wintry showers.

“Further south, weather systems coming from the southwest will bring more prolonged periods of rain and winds.

“There is a chance of snow at times on the northern edge of the rain bands, mainly in central and northern regions. Widespread frosts are expected in the north, with some ice patches likely. In southern regions, temperatures will be closer to average, locally quite warm.

“Into the following week it is likely to remain choppy, but with the focus on the heaviest rains and strongest winds moving north and west of the UK allowing for drier interludes in the South East.”


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