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UK weather forecast: Summer heat returns for 'Independence Day' after washout end to June

Mirror logo Mirror 29/06/2020 Jamie Hawkins
a group of people sitting at a crowded beach: People relax on the beach at Viking Bay, Broadstairs on Friday as warm weather looks set to return next week © Getty Images People relax on the beach at Viking Bay, Broadstairs on Friday as warm weather looks set to return next week

Summer weather could return in time for England's so-called 'Independence Day' after a washout end to June.

After Britain basked in a heatwave last week with temperatures of 33C, the start of this week looks set to be much more unsettled with spells of rain and strong winds.

But parts of the country could see temperatures as high as 24C this Saturday, July 4, when England's lockdown is relaxed to allow pubs to reopen. 

It's set to be a miserable few days before then for many, though.

A number of  flood alerts are currently in place for northern England as BBC forecaster Chris Fawkes says it's "already been wetter than normal" for June.

a group of people riding skis on top of a building: Motorcyclist rescued from a flooded river at Gayle, Hawes in North Yorkshire yesterday as heavy rain sweeps the country © Alamy Live News. Motorcyclist rescued from a flooded river at Gayle, Hawes in North Yorkshire yesterday as heavy rain sweeps the country

And "that's before you factor in the heavy rain that's been around this weekend and also the rain that we've still got yet to come".

"All in all these next few days are looking pretty unsettled with spells of rain around at times - it will be windy at times this week and nowhere near as hot as it was last week," he continued.

Today the northern half of the country in particular is set outbreaks of rain and blustery winds.

Further south will see drier  weather, "but also a few passing showers" - with gusts continuing to run in around 30 or 40mph.

Mr Fawkes said: "A blowy kind of day and temperatures continue to be a little bit lower than normal for the time of year, highs of 16 and 19C."

a person riding on the back of a boat in a body of water: A windy but sunny Sunday on the river Cam in Cambridge © James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS A windy but sunny Sunday on the river Cam in Cambridge

A second band of rain is set to move in from the south as the week goes on meaning more showers and wind for some.

Things start to improve in parts of the country on Thursday with temperatures rising to 22C highs.

And temperatures ware expected peak at 24C on Saturday in London, with similar numbers expected for other parts of the country this weekend.

A Met Office spokesperson said the 'changeable weather'  could bring sunnier spells and warmer temperatures.

a crowd of people at a beach: A crowded Formby Beach on Thursday © Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo A crowded Formby Beach on Thursday

"There will be an unsettled period this week", the spokesperson added. "Low pressure is dominating the country.

"Thursday will probably be the best day of the week.

"Changeable weather will probably continue through the first weekend of July although the rain may become more confined to the west and northwest with the best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.

"Into next week there are signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again, particularly for southern and many central parts."

a large crowd of people: Bournemouth beach last week as temperatures rose to 33C © Getty Images Bournemouth beach last week as temperatures rose to 33C

Looking further ahead into July, the settled conditions may last for a while longer.

The spokesperson added: "From July 13, It looks as if relatively dry, settled and warm conditions may be established,bringing some sunshine for most parts, particular southern and central areas.

"The northwest may still be more changeable with nearer normal temperatures. For the rest of July confidence is very low.

"However, conditions will more likely be rather changeable, bringing spells of rain or showers, mixed with drier and brighter interludes.

"Later in the period it is possible that there will be some longer, more settled spells allowing it to become warm at times."

UK 5 day weather forecast

Monday 29 Jun - Friday 3 Jul

Today:

Wet, windy weather for some northern and central areas, especially for western hills, will slowly ease, although it will stay windy and disappointingly cool. Elsewhere sunny intervals and scattered showers, these perhaps heavy and thundery in eastern Scotland.

Tonight:

Showery rain still affecting some northwestern areas but much less heavy. Many southern and eastern areas dry with a few clearer breaks but further rain into the far southwest later.

Tuesday:

Some rain running across southern England, though perhaps brightening up slowly later. Elsewhere a little sunshine but often rather cloudy, with scattered showers, heaviest in eastern Scotland. A little warmer.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Showers on Wednesday becoming confined to the south on Thursday, with more sunshine developing. Light winds. On Friday rain and strengthening winds moving east across many northern and western areas.

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