UK weather forecast: Flood warnings issued and heavy rain predicted as September starts with washout
‘Broadly speaking there’s a northwest/southeast split for the next couple of days’
Downpours are forecast in much of the UK, with flood alerts in place in parts of Scotland and England, as the early part of September looks set to be a washout.
The north and west of the UK are set to bear the worst of the wet and windy weather, which the Met Office predicts could continue into the following week.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said that despite the extreme weather taking hold across the Atlantic, things are expected to be much more “business as usual” in the UK.
“Broadly speaking for the UK there’s a northwest/southeast split for the next couple of days, with at times wet and windy weather for Scotland and the North, and drier weather in the South and East,” Mr Claydon said.
“It’s quite a pronounced difference to the northwest where they’re going to be affected through much of the week.”
While there will be some rain in southeast England, for the most part it is expected to remain dry. But the Environment Agency warns the region could still see flooding next to rivers and in coastal areas due to seasonal high tides.
Flood alerts are in place along coasts and rivers around England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and along the west coast of Scotland.
After a summer of record-breaking temperatures in parts of the UK, colder climes are set to take hold, having already dropped several degrees in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday and Sunday.
Cloud cover and stiff breezes are expected to contribute to chillier conditions, but when skies are clear, temperatures should remain warm.
The Met Office predicts highs of 23C on Tuesday, which could drop slightly as the week continues.
“Rain can be expected in nearly all parts of the UK at some point through the week, with a cold front moving east from Tuesday evening,” Mr Claydon said. ”It will also be windy at times in the north, especially on Wednesday with further rain moving in.”
Northern Ireland and Scotland could see difficult driving conditions, with up to 50mm of rainfall in higher areas in Scotland.
But Mr Claydon said the UK won’t be feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian this week.
“It’s making incredibly slow progress, moving at one to two miles per hour due to various meteorological processes,” Mr Claydon said. “But that will speed up at some point and the pressure will weaken as it becomes an ex-hurricane.
“It’s looking like the most likely track for that is north of the UK, so it doesn’t look likely we’ll see the impact of that.”