Met Office Issues Heatwave and Thunderstorm Warnings for UK Weekend Weather

Met Office Issues Heatwave and Thunderstorm Warnings for UK Weekend Weather

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. The Met Office has provided an update on the weekend weather forecast, indicating the possibility of heatwave conditions in certain parts of the UK.


Additionally, the Met Office has issued warnings for thunderstorms across the UK for today, assuring that conditions will change once the storms pass.

Yellow Warnings in Place

Currently, four yellow warnings are in place until Tuesday evening.

One of these warnings covers southwest England until 6 pm, while another is applicable to parts of eastern England and the Midlands, also until 6 pm.

Furthermore, parts of Northern Ireland and northwest Scotland are under yellow warnings until 8 pm.

According to the Met Office, heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop, potentially leading to flooding and disruptions in driving conditions and train services.

Thunderstorm Outlook and Causes

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington explains that thunderstorms will occur throughout Tuesday, and the warnings highlight the most likely locations.


While not every area will experience the most impactful showers, certain spots may receive 20-30mm of rain within an hour, with higher amounts possible if the showers repeatedly affect the same area.

The underlying cause for these thundery showers is the presence of low pressure over the UK, with daytime heating contributing to the development of unstable air that triggers heavy rainfall.

Unsettled Weather on Wednesday

The unsettled weather pattern is expected to persist on Wednesday, although the frequency and intensity of showers are anticipated to decrease slightly compared to Tuesday.

Eastern areas of Scotland, parts of northeast England, south Wales, and some regions of the southwest are more likely to experience showers.

However, many areas can anticipate dry weather on Wednesday, especially in the southeast, where conditions are expected to be more settled.

Shift in Weather Pattern towards the Weekend

As Thursday approaches, there is a possibility of showers developing across central and southern England.

However, the focus shifts to a change in the weather type as the weekend approaches.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates explains that a northwest/southeast split is developing in the UK weather from Friday onward.


High pressure will establish itself from the southeast, bringing settled weather throughout the weekend.

Some locations may experience temperatures reaching or slightly exceeding 30°C.

Conversely, unsettled conditions, with rain and gusty coastal winds, are anticipated for the northwest, particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Heatwave Criteria and Glastonbury Weather Forecast

The more settled conditions expected in the southern and eastern parts of England during the weekend and early next week could meet the heatwave criteria in certain locations.

However, it is not expected that every area will reach the required threshold of three consecutive days of high temperatures.

For those heading to Glastonbury ahead of the weekend festival, the forecast looks promising.

Although there is a small chance of residual showers on Thursday, the weekend is expected to be predominantly dry and sunny.

Friday is likely to be dry with temperatures peaking around 25°C.


On Saturday, there is a slight chance of a short shower, but overall the day should be warm and dry, with relatively high overnight temperatures.

Sunday follows a similar theme, with little chance of showers and periods of very warm sunshine expected at Glastonbury.

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