BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts torrential rain combined with thunder and lightning

BBC Weather: UK set for torrential rain and thunder

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Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast that conditions in the UK will be fairly cloudy with some showers on Thursday. The BBC meteorologist outlined that some showers have the potential for thunder and lightning. 

Ms Kirkwood said: “Today what we have is a fairly cloudy start to the day and there are some showers around as well.

“Some sunshine will breakthrough and the showers today will be less frequent than yesterday.

“Once again they could be torrential and there is potential for thunder and lightning.

“We have got showers at the moment across parts of the Midlands and the coast of Wales and Devon.

“But through the day as the cloud breaks, the sun comes out and the temperatures rise.

“For the northwest of Scotland and Northern Ireland, you will hang on to cloud today with a bit of drizzle.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast for July 12-19 outlined more unsettled and wet weather for the UK.

The BBC wrote: “Through the middle of July, we expect that the most likely scenario is for a large-scale low-pressure trough to persist over northern Europe, including the British Isles.

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“This means that we should see a continuation of the cooler, wetter pattern as low-pressure systems are often nearby or overhead.

“One complicating factor for the longer-range forecasts this month is that the jet stream, a ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that helps drive weather fronts, is rather weak at the moment.

“This is normal for summertime, but it also means that low-pressure systems that tend to move through and head east will instead stall and sit in place, lasting much longer.

“However, it also means these lows will tend to be weaker, so it shouldn’t be particularly windy.


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“Our best chances for warmer weather will be if the winds shift out of the southwest or south.”

The BBC added: “The main risk to the forecast is that high pressure in the Atlantic may build stronger into northern Europe than we expect.

“This would be a drier pattern for southern and eastern areas although wetter weather would still be possible in the west and north.

“Temperatures would also be a little warmer, rising slightly above average especially for southern areas.”

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