Despite the hottest August day in 17 years being recorded this month, the weather has taken a turn as rain descended across the entire country. But September is expected to return to hot temperatures.
Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.
“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many.
“It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.
“It’ll feel quite cool despite the sunshine, as northerly winds bring below average temperatures for the time of year with highs of around 16 to 18 Celsius.
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“At night it’ll feel really quite chilly, with temperatures dropping to single figures for most, and a chance of air frost in Scottish glens.”
As England, Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy a Bank Holiday weekend, several flood warnings have been issued following the ongoing rain.
Commenting on the weather following Bank Holiday Monday, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Tubbs, said: “Later on Monday low-pressure will once again start to edge it’s way in from the Atlantic and it’ll turn cloudier with outbreaks of rain for Northern Ireland, with cloud and rain spreading to the rest of the UK by Tuesday.
“It’s likely to stay unsettled into the remainder of next week as we begin meteorological Autumn, with spells of wind and strong winds at times.”
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The latest weather maps from WXCharts show Scotland, North England and part of Wales turning a pale blue as temperatures hover in the single digits on August 30.
However, the weekend of September 5 to 6 shows the charts turn red as a 25C heatwave descends on Britain.
According to Netweather, from August 31, a dominant Icelandic low will keep the weather unsettled across the north-west of England.
September is expected to see a deep depression come to north-west Scotland, bringing strong winds and rain to Britain.
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However central, southern and eastern parts of England will miss out of most of the wind and rain.
According to the Met Office the rain will be heaviest across the west with gales in the northwest.
Southern parts will see the best of any drier weather with rain turning more showery in the north at times.
Rain will ease towards next weekend leaving a dry spell of weather for a time across the UK.
September forecast predicts unsettled weather
But the weather will soon turn wet again however in the north and west with stronger winds here, but drier elsewhere.
As the second week of September starts, high pressure in the north will bring longer spells of dry, settled and mainly sunny weather to the country.
The north and west of Scotland are likely to continue to see belts of cloud and rain off the North Atlantic.
Temperatures are expected to be above normal for much of the week but by September 13, it is expected to get colder.
Rain to batter the UK over next few days
As the nights get colder, more unsettled weather is expected to arrive from mid-September.
The southern and eastern parts of England are likely to see high pressures at times, with most of the unsettled weather in the north-west.
The Met Office predicted: “This will mean some wet spells of weather but with dry periods developing between spells of rain.
“The south will see the best of any drier and warmer weather however unsettled conditions in the north may occasionally spread further south bringing spells of wet weather here also.
“Temperatures will be near or at times a little above average with the possibility of turning warm in the south and east.”