Don’t give up on the summer just yet, as the Met Office is holding out hope that some “very warm” or “hot” weather is on the way.
But before we get there, we may have to endure more unsettled weather with rain, gales and thunder in the South West.
There are no imminent weather warnings for our region, but we can expect a mix of sunny periods and downpours between now and Thursday.
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And while the risk of thunderstorms remains until the middle of July, there should be more fine and dry weather as temperatures become very warm.
And as we go towards the end of July and the start of August, the Met Office says there is “an increased chance of some very warm or hot spells occurring.”
Closer to home, today the Bristol area could see more heavy rain around 5pm with sunny spells from 7pm to 8pm before more cloud moves in. Temperatures will peak at 19C.
Monday sees cloudy conditions after sunny intervals in the morning (19C highs) with some showers. Tuesday will start cloudy before light showers arrives in the late morning (18C).
Wednesday should see cloudy conditions with light showers in the afternoon (19C).
Below, you can see the UK long-range forecast for the rest of July
Thursday, July 8 – Saturday, July 17
While Wednesday is likely to be another unsettled day with rain or showers, after this there is expected to be a trend towards more settled conditions as drier weather develops from the west.
By the end of the week, many areas should see a of of dry weather, although still some showers at times. There is a lower chance of seeing more prolonged unsettled weather, mainly in the west.
Towards the end of the period things are looking mostly fine and dry, though there remains a chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Many areas are likely to see temperatures trending upwards through the period, with parts of the south potentially becoming very warm.
Sunday, July 18 – Sunday, August 1
As is typical for the time of year, confidence is relatively low for this period, but fine and dry weather for much of the UK is most likely for the rest of July.
There is however the possibility that occasional spells of rain may impact north-western areas, with a very low chance of thundery conditions developing at times, likely in the south.
Temperatures are likely to be above average for much of this period, with an increased chance of some very warm or hot spells occurring.