UK weather forecast: ‘Circle of doom’ to batter Britain in days – Atlantic system incoming

BBC Weather: UK set for cool conditions and 'sharp showers'

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The latest weather maps show a huge area of low pressure surrounding the UK on Friday, bringing with it the likelihood of heavy rain. Writing on Twitter, Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook said: “GFS06z shows the green circle of doom paying the UK a visit later this week. Highlights a degree of uncertainty even in the relatively short-range outlook.”

Mr Gaze told “The chart is showing an area of low pressure during that time on Friday.

“This indicates a likelihood of heavy rain or downpours during this time.

“There could be some heavy thundery showers – based on that model run.”

Referring to conditions at the moment, Mr Gaze said there was currently a “slow moving pattern” across the UK with “high pressure centred too far to the west to keep things dry”.

He added this was leaving the UK open to low pressure which has sparked heavy rain in recent days.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern warned there is two to three days of cloud and rain hanging over the Atlantic at the moment.

On Tuesday, the UK could escape much of the torrential rain seen over recent days, as temperatures remain warm, with highs of 21C on the border of Wales and England and 20C in London.

However, the Met Office expert warned: “But here’s the changeable Atlantic weather I was talking about.

“It’s starting to approach as Tuesday ends heading into the northwest of the UK.

“These fronts are running into high pressure, so initially that means they are fairly weak affairs.

“But as high pressure starts to lose its influence, these fronts become a bit more energetic, especially this one approaching later in the day across north and northwest Scotland.

“Low twenties, 24C is possible, but turning wetter later on Thursday as that more active feature pushes further into the north and northwest of Scotland.”

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He added: “That will bring some more unsettled weather more widely on Friday.

“There will be some more wet weather on Friday across central and southern Scotland, Northern Ireland.

“That rain then pushes into Northern and western England, as well as Wales, with a lot of cloud cover to make for a dreary and damp day in some places.

“Brighter in the southeast but here we could see some sharp showers developing, again depending on the exact nature of that jet stream.”

The Weather Outlook has described the forecast for this coming week as “changeable”, with rain dominating and spreading throughout the country as hopes of a sustained British Summer continue to fade.

For Tuesday, the forecaster says showery rain in southern counties will “steadily” clear, although it may “linger” in areas throughout the far southeast, with outbreaks of rain spreading to the northwest later in the day.

A band of rain in the northwest is set to push slowly southeastwards on Wednesday and become increasingly patchy throughout the day, with The Weather Outlook warning: “There could still be some heavier bursts in northwest England, Northern Ireland and northern Wales.”

Conditions are forecast to be improved in the south and east, with dry weather and “variable amounts of cloud and sunshine” and “feeling warm in the sun”.

But The Weather Outlook provided an unsettled forecast from Thursday and into the weekend, with a mix of warm conditions mixed with sustained periods of rain.

The forecaster said: “Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Changeable.

“In dry and bright periods it will be quite warm.

“However, all regions could have showers or longer spells of rain.”

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