Temperatures will continue to plunge across the country over the weekend, according to the latest BBC weather forecast. This comes as northerly Arctic air grips the country on Saturday, following a week of unsettled weather. BBC meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas warned BBC Breakfast viewers that the “outlook is for the unsettled theme to continue” amid unseasonably strong gusts of winds and downpours.
Ms Keith-Lucas told BBC Breakfast viewers: “Wednesday brought us another day of sunny spells but some really heavy downpours, frequent thunderstorms and some hail too.
“Thursday will bring another day of sunshine and showers, and it will be quite cool and breezy.
“However, the downpours and thunderstorms will not be as frequent as before, because this area of low pressure is drifting towards the north-east.
“Today will be quite a blustery feeling kind of day and not particularly warm for this time of year, somewhere between 18C to 20C.”
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She warned that an area of really heavy rain will be unleashed across southern England overnight, with 65mph winds.
The Met Office has already issued yellow weather warnings for wind in southwest England on Thursday and Friday.
Ms Keith-Lucas continued: “Overnight it will be an unseasonably strong gust of wind, so the south will have a wet and windy start to Friday while the north is looking dry.
“Temperatures will continue to feel cooler, around 17C on Friday.
The latest UK State of the Climate report revealed that the year 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest, and eighth sunniest on record – a combined feat that no other year has achieved.
Experts said that the UK has become 0.9C warmer and 6 percent wetter over the past three decades.
Mike Kendon, the climate information scientist at the Met Office, told the BBC: “A lot of people think climate change is in the future – but this proves the climate is already changing here in the UK.
“As it continues to warm we are going to see more and more extreme weather such as heatwaves and floods.”