Posted: Thu 15th Jun 2023

Unsettled conditions to come as warm weather continues

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 15th, 2023

The UK, basking in above-average temperatures amidst an ongoing heatwave, is bracing for a significant change in weather, with the possibility of thunderstorms towards the weekend, according to the Met Office.

Despite the anticipated change, temperatures are expected to remain high for this period of the year.

Most parts of the UK will experience dry and sunny conditions on Friday, with temperatures expected to peak around 28C.

However, by Friday afternoon, the first signs of the weather shift are likely to affect western parts of Northern Ireland, with chances of thundery showers and potentially heavy rainfalls.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Steven Keates, stated, “Over the coming days we’ll be transitioning to a more unsettled regime for the UK, though temperatures will remain high and it’ll feel very humid for many.”

He cautioned about the increasing risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms over the weekend, warning about associated hail, lightning, and gusty winds.

Keates added, “The focus of thundery showers on Friday afternoon will be Northern Ireland, spreading more widely across western and southern areas of the UK on Saturday, and further north on Sunday.”

He emphasised the unpredictable nature of these showers, urging the public to stay updated on the weather forecast.

Despite the unsettled conditions, warm air continues to influence the UK’s weather. While daytime temperatures will stay in the mid-to-high 20s Celsius, night-time temperatures will also remain above average. This persistent heat has prompted the UK Health Security Agency to enforce a Heat Health Alert, particularly to safeguard vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, and those living alone.

Looking ahead, the Met Office suggests the risk of heavy, thundery showers could extend into early next week, with temperatures remaining above average.

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