Bristol weather: North African plume brings 24C, but heavy rain on its way in ‘mixed bag’ weather

Heavy rain is on its way to Bristol, according to the Met Office.

After a dry, and sunny start of the day, tonight will see some light rain from 5pm and followed by heavy rain at 7pm. However, this won’t last long and the rain is forecast to stop at 8pm.

It will also be a warm day, with temperatures reaching 24C – which means today (May 17) will be the warmest day of the week according to the Met Office. Bristol could see more rain again tomorrow when, after a dry start, it will start raining at 6pm and continue until 4am on Thursday.

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The rest of Thursday is being forecast to stay dry – with temperatures staying between 18C and 11C – but the rain will return on Friday (May 20) between 4pm and 10pm. However, looking at the weekend, the weather is set to stay dry, with temperatures staying between 11C and 18C over the two days.

While heat-lovers can look forward to more sweltering temperatures through the coming days, forecasters warn to expect a “mixed bag”, reports the Express. Temperatures could peak at 26C today in some parts of the country, which would make it the hottest day of the year so far.

James Madden, a forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “The heat will be more prominent over southern regions hitting the low- to mid-20Cs at the very least, but there is a chance this could be breached.

“Further north we are expecting to see temperatures in the high-teens or the low-20Cs. This is the effect of this plume of very warm air coming up from North Africa and the Continent.

“However, there is also the risk of some early summertime storms which could be thundery in nature as we go into the second half of the month.”

Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The hot weather, through this week, may show a pattern of blasting in and then subsiding.

“It is a bit of a mixed bag of heat and showery conditions. The jet stream is currently moving northwards allowing a flow of warmer air in from the south, from North Africa across France and the Continent.

“However, it shows signs of moving south towards the middle of the week, and this will allow more unsettled fronts to come in. It is a case of keeping an eye on changes in the weather through the next few days.”

This is the weather forecast for the South West from the Met Office the next few days:

Today

Any early low cloud and mist will lift to leave a fine morning for most. Eastern counties will hang on to warm and bright, albeit increasingly cloudy conditions until late afternoon. Meanwhile, heavy rain will increasingly affect many western areas. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Tonight

Heavy, perhaps briefly thundery rain, soon clearing east this evening with drier conditions following on. Some patchy low cloud possible in places by dawn. Minimum temperature 9 °C.

Wednesday

Any early low cloud soon lifting to leave a dry and sunny morning. Cloud will build through the afternoon, with an increasing risk of showers, perhaps thundery, further east. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday

The sunshine will return on Thursday and it should feel pleasant. Cloudier and breezier with rain or showers on Friday, but becoming mostly dry again for Saturday.

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