UK weather: Met Office raises hopes of ‘very warm spells’ but there’s a catch

People checking the long-range forecasts for a glimmer of some warmer weather had their hopes raised today.

The Met Office has said there could be some “very warm spells” as we head towards the end of August.

But there is a sting in the tail as this could see some periods of heavy rain and thundery showers.

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The latest update came in the Met Office’s long-range forecast that was published at 3pm today (Friday, August 13).

It says that the warmer weather will be linked to a great chance of winds from a southerly direction during late August, just before the bank holiday weekend.

Before then, peak temperatures in the Bristol region aren’t going to get much beyond highs of 20C – and while there’s going to be a lot of cloud around, it should stay largely dry.

Met Office long range weather forecast

Wednesday, August 18 to Friday, August 27

Often rather cloudy at times through next week with cloud thick enough for outbreaks of rain at times, especially towards the northwest of the UK. Elsewhere, largely dry with some sunny spells although rather breezy and cool.

Towards the end of next week settled conditions are likely to become more dominant across most areas with plenty of dry weather. However there still remains the possibility of showers, with perhaps some longer spells of rain and stronger winds in the north.

Temperatures are expected to be around average. During late August, similar conditions look likely but there is a greater chance of winds from a southerly sector allowing for the possibility of some very warm spells. This may also bring the chance of intermittent heavy rain and thundery showers.

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Saturday, August 28 to Saturday, September 11

Through late August there is an increased chance of warmer than average conditions.

This may bring the risk of thundery showers and longer spells of rain at times. Into early September confidence is very low but a northwest to southeast split is most likely.

The northwest may experience more unsettled conditions and at times showers to longer spells of rain may spread southeast to other areas.

Temperatures fluctuating around average. Any more prolonged and drier weather would be most likely in the southeast where there is a greater chance of warm spells.

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