The September heatwave is now well and truly a thing of the past, with harsh winds and heavy showers expected for most of the UK today and the threat of snow lurking in October.
The only people who will experience dry weather today is the early risers on Thursday, before the strong winds blow rain across the country.
Temperatures will rise to the west at 10C to 11C, with Northern Ireland, Manchester, and Wales experiencing the highest temperatures. It is also expected to be cloudy. The rest of England will see temperatures drop to 5C to 6C without cloud cover, while Scotland should be around 7C.
As the morning progresses, Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir explained: “Through the morning across Scotland rain sweeps ever north-eastward, perhaps a slither of sunshine for Orkney and Shetland just for a time.
“We see some heavy showers, that rain extends across much of northern England, Wales and the Midlands. Northern Ireland will experience a slightly dryer start to the day, but showers are not far off.
“You can see the rain just pushing towards the eastern counties of England and East Anglia, where you’ll see some patchy rain. Patchy rain also for much of central-southern England.”
As we move into the afternoon, a trailing cold front carried by strong winds will make its way across the UK from the west, bringing in another bout of showers for much of England and Wales.
Northern Ireland will also experience rain this afternoon.
Despite the gloomy picture, temperatures won’t be too bad for this time of year and look set to be slighter higher than yesterday. The cities of the south of England, Wales, and northern parts of Scotland are expected to reach 17C to 18C. Meanwhile, the temperatures in the midlands, north, and some parts of Scotland are likely to settle around 15C-16C.
Nasir continued: “Gales in northern and western parts of Scotland as we head through to Friday
“[Going into Saturday] England and Wales, again more cloud, some heavy rain for a time, and the risk of gales particularly across Channel Coast.”
As grim as today’s forecast sounds, things could soon go from bad to worse with the threat of snow heading into October.
Weather experts at the Met Office predict temperatures to be 10C down compared to a week ago.
This Morning’s Dave The Weatherman explained: “There’s a snow moon on the 29th of October, followed by two more snow moons in the first three weeks of November.
“So it is going to be bitterly cold and very frosty.
“That’s bad news for people with gas and electric because your bills are going through the roof.”
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