While thunderstorm warnings have expired, rainfall is still forecast to soak Britons over the weekend before late August heat returns. In particular, Scotland and Northern Ireland are set see poor conditions. Meanwhile, the UK is still under drought conditions, where flooding is possible due to record dry conditions over the summer.
According to WXCharts, the rest of Thursday sees intermittent rain across the UK, all less than 1mm an hour.
Friday begins to see a split between the north west and south east, where an Atlantic rain band pushes into Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of England and Wales.
Overnight into 9am on Friday, this band stays localised over Scotland and Northern Ireland, and strengthens to 2mm an hour.
By 3am on Saturday, stronger rains will then push in, seeing 5mm an hour over the Hebrides and 3mm an hour over Derry.
This plume then pushes slightly into Belfast and south Scotland, as well as north west England.
Overall, by midnight on Monday, a maximum of 35mm an hour will have fallen over the Hebrides and the Western most parts of Scotland.
In August, the entire UK averages 10 days of rain, totalling 69mm, meaning that the downpour will be equal to roughly five days.
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Despite the downpours, eight areas of the UK are still in a drought, with Thames water still bringing in a hosepipe ban on August 24.
Jo Farrow, Netweather.tv forecast, wrote for the agency’s website that “these intense downpours will not help the overall water situation”.
She said: “The ground is hard and dry, the water can not soak into it. That is why we see the surface runoff, pooling water and gushing floods flowing away.
“Also, there have been many dry months over winter and in 2021. The background to this summer has led to these current drought conditions.
“Many parts of Britain are in drought or water scarcity after the driest July for England since 1935, and the driest July on record for East Anglia, southeast and southern England.
“The River Thames is at its lowest level since 2005 and has led to a drop in reservoir levels in the Thames Valley and London.”
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Ms Farrow also noted the weekend will be “blustery” and see a divide between the north and south.
She said: “To start the weekend there will be a main low pressure centred over Iceland and a smaller low that will run to the south of it.
“Gales are forecast with strong gusts for west coast Scotland and the north coast of Ireland.
“This will throw frontal rain into Ireland and NW Britain during Friday night and Saturday morning. Showers then feed in from the Atlantic over more of Northern Ireland and Britain.
“But some parts stay dry and bright, even sunny and warm.”
Meanwhile, by mid next week, temperatures in southeast England will see temperatures just shy of the 30C mark once again.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist, Tyler Roys, said the “transition towards normal temperatures” across continental Europe will be “slow”.
The weather forecasting platform added that temperatures could be up to two degrees Celsius warmer than normal levels throughout the autumn.
A “dominating area of high pressure” linked to the extreme heat waves “is expected to remain firmly in place through at least the first part of the autumn”, it added.
The autumn is unlikely to solve the continent’s drought crisis, the weather forecaster added.
It predicted that the “high-pressure system” lingering across the continent will “keep warmth firmly in place” through the early autumn.