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1pm UK weather news LIVE: Hottest September EVER forecast after record ‘polar plunge’ Bank Holiday washout – LATEST

THE UK is set to swelter in the hottest September ever forecast for the coming month.

The warmer weather will come after the nation is chilled by a polar plunge in its last weekend of the summer.

A sudden cold spell will descend because of a 500 mile-wide freak “polar plunge” making it the coldest Bank Holiday in nearly 50 years.

Beaches will be empty, with 10-18C daytime UK highs – 5C below average – from Saturday to Monday amid the cold polar air mass, shown on weather maps.

Summer frost is due in Scotland and threatening northern England with-1C lows expected.

And today, one of the busiest leisure travel days of the year, the Met Office has forecast thunderstorms in the South, with strong winds and rain in the North.

 

Have you heard any thunder today where you are? ⛈️

Heavy showers have developed across England & Wales this morning and a few of them are starting to produce some #thunder & #lightning – check out the radar loop👇#thunderstorms pic.twitter.com/NusKrGLQIf

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 28, 2020

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WEEKEND WASHOUT

DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS

Localised flooding may create travel disruptions and treacherous driving conditions.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “There will be some localised flooding perhaps, but also really quite treacherous driving conditions.

“It’s during the intense downpours that we’re quite likely to see some surface water flooding in a few places and again really quite difficult driving conditions.

“Obviously, it’s the Friday before the bank holiday weekend, so lots of people will be planning to take to the roads and so they do need to be aware that even if they’re enjoying sunny spells at one moment a hefty shower could come along very quickly and make conditions very, very difficult.”

The RAC said 18 million car journeys would be taken this weekend as families enjoy last minute staycations and day-trips before schools return.

Today is expected to see the largest volume of cars on the road with an estimated 5.6m separate trips planned.

TEMPS PLUNGE

The heatwave at the beginning of the month will feel like a long distant memory as temperatures plunge – with forecasters expecting the mercury to fall to single figures overnight.

Temperatures are likely to remain in the teens for vast swathes, with a maximum of just 20C expected in the south.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “It’ll feel quite cool despite the sunshine, as northerly winds bring below average temperatures for the time of year with highs of around 16 to 18 Celsius. 

“At night it’ll feel really quite chilly, with temperatures dropping to single figures for most, and a chance of air frost in Scottish glens.”

RAIN OVER YORKSHIRE

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for today with rain set to continue over parts of Yorkshire and Teesside.

HALF OF MONTHLY RAINFALL IN 3 HOURS

A “biblical” deluge is predicted ahead of a Bank Holiday Weekend washout.

The country is due to be battered with almost half of August’s average rainfall in just three hours today.

In a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office, the south of the country could see up to 40mm of rainfall in a few hours.

Meteorologist Alex Burkill said that “persistent rain” had already hit affected areas, with 44mm falling on St Columb in Cornwall in the six hours up to 2pm on Thursday.

Plymouth City Council described the downpour as “biblical” as around three feet of water flooded some areas, leaving main roads underwater.

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CLOUD & RAIN

Commenting on the weather following Bank Holiday Monday, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Tubbs, said: “Later on Monday low-pressure will once again start to edge it’s way in from the Atlantic and it’ll turn cloudier with outbreaks of rain for Northern Ireland, with cloud and rain spreading to the rest of the UK by Tuesday.

“It’s likely to stay unsettled into the remainder of next week as we begin meteorological Autumn, with spells of wind and strong winds at times.”

CHILLY WEEKEND NIGHTS AHEAD

Below average temperatures are expected across the UK this weekend.

Sunday will bring a chilly start to the day, warming up later but still colder than average.

“As we head into the weekend the weather will turn drier and brighter with easing winds,” the Met Office predicts.

“Temperatures will fall below average though, with some noticeably chilly nights expected.”

As we head towards the end of the week and into the weekend the overnight temperatures will become progressively colder 🌡🥶 pic.twitter.com/FjTKgLxAeS

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 27, 2020

IN RUNNING FOR COLDEST MAX TEMPS ON RECORD

The bank holiday weekend could see the coldest maximum temperatures on record as the summer draws to a screeching halt, an expert has said.

Emma Salter, a meteorologist, said that top temperatures in parts of Scotland are expected to reach just 11C – well below the average of 16C.

Meanwhile, in London, locals can expect highs of just 19C.

Ms Slater told PA Media: “We could see some places getting the coldest maximum temperatures on record this bank holiday Monday.

“The lowest maximum temperature recorded was 10.1C in the Shetland Islands – if anywhere gets lower than that it’s in the running to be the coldest on record.”

PARTY GOERS BRAVE STORMY WEATHER

Party goers in Leeds braved stormy conditions last night as they celebrated the bank holiday weekend early.

People used coats and brollies to shield themselves from torrential rain during their night on the tiles.

And the boozers in the northern city didn’t appear concerned with social distancing guidelines as they huddled together as temperatures dropped.

AUGUST: ‘MIX OF WEATHER’

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.

“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many.

“It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.”

MORNING WINDS IN NORTH

This morning will be windy in the north of the UK with rain expected to fall across Northern England and northern Wales.

Further south a mix of sunny spells and heavy showers is expected.

Highs of 15 degrees will felt as south as Plymouth with the capital sitting at around 14 degrees.

Rain across northern England slowly edges southwards during Friday. A mix of sunshine and heavy, thundery slow-moving showers elsewhere, though fewer across the north. Generally breezy with temperatures on the cool side. pic.twitter.com/QAs5YhZCv0

— Met Office (@metoffice) August 27, 2020

FRIDAY FORECAST

Rain across northern England will slowly edge southwards today.

A mix of sunshine and heavy, thundery slow-moving showers are expected to hit the south.

Showers in the south will mostly die out by the evening but persist in areas exposed to the strong northerly winds.

THUNDERSTORM WARNING

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to batter the south of the country today.

The weather could bring some disruption to transport, the Met Office warns.

WASH OUT

Heavy downpours yesterday caused flooding up and down the country.

Flash floods were reported in parts of Surrey while there was a yellow weather warning in the north-east of England which will last until 10am today.

Road closures were reported in Kingston, South West London, where locals posted pictures of cars submerged in flood waters.

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CHILLY FORECAST

The bank holiday weekend could see the coldest maximum temperatures on record as the summer draws to a screeching halt, an expert has said.

Emma Salter, a meteorologist, said that top temperatures in parts of Scotland are expected to reach just 11C – well below the average of 16C.

Meanwhile, in London, locals can expect highs of just 19C.

Ms Slater told PA Media: “We could see some places getting the coldest maximum temperatures on record this bank holiday Monday.

“The lowest maximum temperature recorded was 10.1C in the Shetland Islands – if anywhere gets lower than that it’s in the running to be the coldest on record.”

POST-BANK HOL WEATHER LATEST

Late on Monday, “low-pressure will once again start to edge it’s way in from the Atlantic,” according to he Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist Chris Tubbs.

Commenting on the weather following Bank Holiday Monday, he said that “it’ll turn cloudier with outbreaks of rain for Northern Ireland, with cloud and rain spreading to the rest of the UK by Tuesday.

“It’s likely to stay unsettled into the remainder of next week as we begin meteorological Autumn, with spells of wind and strong winds at times.”

AUGUST: WEATHER ‘MIXED UP’

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.

“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many.

“It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.”

Mr Saunders added: “It’ll feel quite cool despite the sunshine, as northerly winds bring below average temperatures for the time of year with highs of around 16 to 18 Celsius.

“At night it’ll feel really quite chilly, with temperatures dropping to single figures for most, and a chance of air frost in Scottish glens.”

SOGGY GETAWAY

18million leisure trips are expected to clog up the UK’s roads for a rain-sodden August Bank Holiday getaway.

Domestic accommodation bookings have shot through the roof despite looming travel chaos thanks to heavy rain, thundery showers and gale-force winds.

Bookings for the likes of hotel chain Best Western have increased by 58 per cent, “putting more pressure on local infrastructure”, said roadmender Asphalt.

The pic below shows how the big August bank holiday staycation getaway started early on the M25 motorway in Dartford, Kent on Thursday.

Traffic near the Dartford crossing was at a near standstill anti-clockwise yesterday afternoon as bank holiday travellers tried to beat the travel chaos, with millions of cars on roads and rail cancellations due to localised flooding and engineering works causing delays.

For the full story see HERE.

TRAINS SUSPENDED IN SCOTLAND

Heavy rain will continue to cause transport woes in Scotland on Friday, with trains suspended and roads closed.

ScotRail warned services across the country will be delayed or cancelled due to “extremely heavy rain flooding”.

The train operator urged passengers to check their journey before travelling and consider alternative transport where possible.

ScotRail said heavy rain yesterday flooded the line at Bridgeton Station in Glasgow’s east end, causing signalling problems and blocking the line.

The line later reopened, but ScotRail said disruption is expected to last until the end of Friday.

Meanwhile, floodwater has closed some roads in Glasgow’s east end.

Traffic bosses said London Road was closed between Mauchinfauld Road and Braidfauld Street “until the flooding is cleared”.

The local council also warned of “heavy flooding” at the junction of Paisley Road West and Berryknowes Road in the south side of Glasgow.

Elsewhere, Traffic Scotland said the A77 near the A751, Cairnryan, Dumfries and Galloway, was restricted in both directions due to surface water affecting the carriageway.

BANK HOLIDAY COULD BE COLDEST ON RECORD

Forecasters predict this Bank Holiday Monday could be the coldest on record for some parts of the UK as temperatures are expected to plunge below average for this time of year.

Met Office Meteorologist Emma Salter said: “We’ll see an improving picture throughout the weekend.

“But it will be quite chilly, as far as August is concerned, particularly in the north.

“Sunday will be dry with a good spell of sunshine.”

This Bank Holiday, Ms Salter said top temperatures could reach 19C in London while parts of Scotland will be chillier with highs of 11C, well below the average of 16C usually seen in the country.

She pointed to last year’s late August Bank Holiday Monday which was the hottest on record, with 33.2C recorded at Heathrow.

“We could see some places getting the coldest maximum temperatures on record this Bank Holiday Monday,” Ms Salter said.

“The lowest maximum temperature recorded was 10.1C in the Shetland Islands – if anywhere gets lower than that it’s in the running to be the coldest on record.”

UK weather forecast: -1C FROST as Polar Plunge to bring ‘coldest August Bank Holiday in 40 years’

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