Are we heading for an Indian Summer? Britain could to be hotter than South of France by Friday with 70F heat on the way – but not before strong winds and downpours batter country from tonight
- Weather alerts in place as Met Office warns of heavy rain and winds through tonight and tomorrow morning
- But Hurricane Sam moving across the Atlantic could bring warmer temperatures from the middle of the week
- Experts predict temperatures could rise to 70F meaning the country would be hotter than the south of France
Britain could be about to enjoy an Indian Summer as heavy rain which will batter the country tonight and tomorrow is set to give way to sunny weather from mid week.
Wind and rain will be replaced by blue skies and sunshine as temperatures could creep into the high 60s and low 70s – meaning the country will be hotter than the South of France.
But Britons should brace for poor weather throughout today and tomorrow as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy and persistent rain.
The warning covers much of the south west of England and Wales today and includes the north east for tomorrow.
Forecasters predict persistent and at times heavy rain and strong winds for northern England and south-east Scotland while rain will clear to blustery showers and sunny spells in the south and west.
Britain could be set for an Indian Summer after heavy rain and wind give way to warm temperatures and sunny skies from the middle of the week as a result of an Atlantic hurricane forcing high pressure over the UK. Pictured: Northumberland yesterday
Yellow weather warnings for heavy rain are in place as the Met Office says large parts of the country will see more rain today
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: ‘Low pressure will dominate the weather over the coming days bringing strong winds and heavy rain at times.
‘Further coastal gales are possible in the south and west late on Monday and into Tuesday as another weather system moves in from the Atlantic.
‘There are large uncertainties around the track of this system but currently it looks like it will bring more heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Wales and southern England.’
Balmy weather from mid-week, however, will be driven by the remains of Hurricane Sam currently making a beeline for Britain.
The ex-storm system heading across the Atlantic will force high pressure over the UK, experts have said.
It will pull warm air in from the Continent pushing thermometers towards 70F by Thursday, forecasters say.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: ‘There will be talk of an Indian summer if Sam shoves warm southerly winds and a marked upturn in temperatures our way.’
Rain warnings are in place for the south west and Wales on Monday (left) as well as large parts of the north on Tuesday (right)
Experts say Hurricane Sam (pictured) is currently moving across the Atlantic and will drive high pressure across Britain
Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: ‘The remains of Sam are about to bring a change from the wind and rain to a very nice spell of balmy, sunny weather.
‘The ex-hurricane will move towards Iceland and will allow high pressure to build across Europe and over the UK as balmy air flows in from the south.
‘Temperatures will be highest around Wednesday or Thursday.
‘In the sunshine it may feel very warm, and it is safe to say we could be in for an Indian Summer.
‘This spell should last a few days, but the pattern could continue for longer, possibly into mid-month.’
Scotland and parts of north-eastern England will be warmer than southern Britain with highs of around 70F (21C).
London and the southeast could creep towards the 68F (20C) mark with above-average temperatures forecast nationwide.
However, Britons should grit their teeth for another blast of autumn in the run-up to mid-week.
Mr Dale said: ‘Low pressure will remain in charge through the start of the week and there will be more in the way of wind and rain.
‘Sam comes along on Wednesday and will move close to the jet stream before heading towards Iceland allowing high pressure to build from the Continent.
‘This will bring the change of weather with highs of 70F (21C) in north-east Scotland and parts of northern England, while elsewhere, it could reach 64 to 66F.
‘This Jekyll and Hyde weather is usual for October.’
A Met Office spokesman said: ‘There will be rain, heavy at times, with coastal gales affecting England and Wales, drier elsewhere with isolated showers.
‘It will become warmer and more settled away from the far northwest from Wednesday.’
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