Thunderstorms to batter Britain with heavy rain – & there's even more to come | The Sun

TORRENTIAL rain and strong gales are set to batter Britain amid a flurry of thunderstorms arriving over the coming days.

Friday will see the first of the storms begin to gather off the western edges of the UK, according to forecasters.

But it will be from Saturday that unsettled conditions of heavy rain, high winds and thunderstorms will dampen prospects of a bright weekend like the one seen over the Bank Holiday.

A large, two-pronged weather front will push in off the Atlantic ocean and bring heavy rainfall on Saturday morning, the BBC reports.

The first of the two fronts will drench Northern Ireland, Wales, the west coast of Scotland and western edges of England.

The second will bring more scattered patches of rain to the Midlands, parts of the North and North East and eastern England on Saturday.

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Amid heavy rain, "gale force" winds will also blow through most of the country, with speeds of up to 41mph in north west Scotland and 26mph in the North of England.

Despite the wind and rain, temperatures will remain in the low to mid twenties for many.

Highs of 24C in Norwich, 23C in London, 22C in Liverpool, 20C in Edinburgh and 19C in Plymouth are expected.

But high winds will make it seem cooler than it is.

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From Saturday evening, stormy conditions will sadly remain as rain is expected to fall throughout the weekend.

Sunday will see continued, unsettled conditions with more wind and rain affecting the whole of the country.

This is being caused by a nearby low-pressure system continuing to thrust spells of rain – which will be heavy and thundery at times – over the UK.

And it is set to remain as the Met Office believe this will mark the beginning of a longer phase of stormy weather.

The forecasters reckon from Monday 5 September all the way up to Wednesday 14 September, thick cloud and heavy, thundery rain or showers will roll through many places across Britain.

Temperatures are expected to be around average but variable over this period, the Met Office said on their website.

They added: "Towards the end of the period, the rainfall is likely to die out, leading to many areas becoming a little drier, although there may still be a chance of showers for many places."

The UK has not been issued a weather warning for the forecasted bad weather.

As for the weather prior to the storms, Thursday will see plenty of sunny spells for much the UK with a few showers expected across parts of northern and eastern England.

Cloud is set to thicken across southern areas later on Thursday.

While Thursday evening will see mostly clear spells for many along with a few patches of cloud.

But scattered showers, some heavy, are due to move in from the south.

'MUCH NEEDED RAIN'

A Met Office spokesperson told The Sun: "There is generally a change in the weather across the UK starting from this afternoon.

"With low pressure influencing our weather and bringing more unsettled conditions and much needed rain.

"Cloud and then rain will move in from the south later this afternoon and overnight along the south coast there is a chance that some thunderstorms may form.

"Through tomorrow there is also a possibility of further thunderstorms in south west England.

"Low pressure will continue to dominate our weather for the week ahead, a Yellow warning for Rain has been issued for Saturday covering Northern Ireland and South Western Scotland."

It comes as a list of the new names of storms happening between 2022 and 2023 has been released.

Every major storm will be named according to the list, ordered alphabetically.

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Amongst the list are names such as Loes, Wouter and Glen.

The Met Office came up with the list in partnership with its Irish counterpart Met Eireann and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

STORMS A COMING

Every major storm will be named according to the list, ordered alphabetically:

Antoni
Betty
Cillian
Daisy
Elliot
Fleur
Glen
Hendrika
Ída
Johanna
Khalid
Loes
Mark
Nelly
Owain
Priya
Ruadhán
Sam
Tobias
Val
Wouter

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