UK weather latest: ‘Conveyor belt’ of rain to SMASH Britain – 30mm to hit in 24-hour blitz

Heavy rain is expected to smash into the country over the next 24-hours, according to the latest weather charts. But, once the “conveyor belt” of unsettled conditions sweeps across Britain, high pressure is expected to dominate over the weekend. This should see a return to a more settled picture, with temperatures likely to increase.

WxCharts posted a video on Twitter of a band of rain sweeping across Britain before the weekend.

The chart then shows high pressure taking hold, appearing to create more settled conditions for Britons.

It wrote on Twitter: “A conveyor belt of low pressure systems arriving to parts of North West Europe today and tomorrow…before the high stretches in nicely just in time for the weekend!”

Forecasters agreed a band of rain would smash into Britain on Thursday.

A conveyor belt of low pressure systems arriving to parts of North West Europe today and tomorrow


Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, said: “On Thursday, much of the country has showers or longer periods of rain.

“Some brighter intervals are likely, particularly in Northern Ireland. Temperatures will be similar to today’s.”

Craig Snell, from the Met Office, said over the next 24-hours, the “wettest weather will hit Wales, the Midlands and northern England”.

He told “By the time we get to tomorrow lunchtime, a few spots in that zone could see 20-30mm of rain.”

The forecaster added the weather would hit over a long enough period so it shouldn’t cause too many localised problems.

But, he added: “It’s more going into Friday when we might see heavy and thundery showers across the UK. Especially across northern and eastern parts of England, where the UK could see 10mm to 20mm in a couple of hours, which may well lead to water on the roads and create difficult driving conditions, with the risk of lightning too.”

Looking further ahead towards the weekend, Mr Gaze, from The Weather Outlook said that “Saturday is looking bright” but warned, “scattered showers” were possible.

He said: “Friday brings sunny spells but there will be showers. In the north and east, some are expected to be heavy. Temperatures remain disappointing for July.

“Saturday is looking bright and although scattered showers are possible it should be mainly dry. It will feel a little warmer than recently.

“Sunday should be dry and warm in much of the country. Temperatures could reach 27C (81F) in the southeast.

“In the northwest, there is a risk of outbreaks of rain returning later in the day.

“Early next week there should be a lot of dry and quite warm weather in the southern half of the country.

“In the north, it may stay more changeable with an ongoing risk of showers or longer spells of rain.”

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Looking further forward to next week, the Met Office predicts a more settled period.

Their weather outlook from Monday, July 13 to Wednesday, July 22 suggests “it will be mostly dry and settled for many areas, especially in the south of the UK”.

It added: “More unsettled conditions with spells of rain and strong winds may affect the north and northwest at times.

“These unsettled conditions could spread to other parts of the UK later in this period, but widespread unsettled conditions are unlikely.”

The Met Office also said temperatures are likely to be around normal, but “it may become warm for a time in the south and perhaps very warm in the southeast”.

They finished: “Towards the end of the period, conditions may start to trend towards more generally settled weather for most areas, but with the possibility of the occasional bout of wetter weather.”

It comes as leading bookmakers have lengthened odds on this month to go down as the hottest July on record.

Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: “The June heatwave spoiled us all and had Brits dreaming of a sizzling Summer ahead, but after a wet and windy start to July we’ve lengthened the odds on it being the hottest ever from 6/1 to 22/1.

“The seventh month of the year is truly living up to expectations of a miserable British summer and at 11/8 that it’s the wettest month of the season, it looks unlikely we’ll be pulling out the factor 50 anytime soon.”

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