The glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures during the course of this week are predicted to end in thundery downpours over the next two days, according to forecasters at the Met Office.
Yesterday was predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far across some areas of the UK, but Paul Gunderson, Chief Meteorologist for the Met Office, warned that a spell of less pleasant weather would be following close behind: “Thursday will be another warm day with hazy sunshine, although there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop across England, Wales and southeast Scotland. It is across east and southeast England where these are most likely, with frequent lightning, hail and torrential downpours of up to 40mm in a few hours all possible.”
Although today’s forecast suggests Dorset will escape the worst of the bad weather, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Matthew Lehnert indicated that we will still see unfavourable changes in the weather, as an Atlantic low pressure system moves close to UK: “Along with strong winds, it’ll turn showery over the weekend and temperatures much cooler than earlier in the week, returning to around average for this time of year.”
The good news is that the good weather should start to return towards the end of the weekend as the low pressure system heads north, just in time for everyone to enjoy Bank Holiday Monday.