BBC Weather Europe: Heavy outbursts of rain set to soak continent

BBC Weather’s Phil Avery said an area of low pressure will move in from the Atlantic Ocean bringing heavy outbursts of rain. The unsettled weather comes following weeks of sunshine and a mini heatwave in the British Isles with temperatures hitting 25C in some parts of the UK. Mr Avery added temperatures will recover towards the end of the week following a dip at the beginning.

Mr Avery said: “You get a sense of something brewing there in Biscay with an area of low pressure.

“There are some really quite heavy bursts of rain northwards towards the British Isles and then you’ll notice another portion of that energy working its way towards the Alpine region.

“Further to the south and east, it’s largely fine and dry.

“There’s some warmth to be had here which is what you would hope towards the end of April.”

“Temperatures in Moscow are going to improve but will stubbornly be in single figures for awhile there.

“Come Wednesday, more frontal systems working their way into the British Isles, the western side of France and eventually there will be many unsettled spots in central and western Europe.

“Temperatures are slowly recovering after taking a bit of the dip in the first part of the week.”

Rain and lower temperatures are expected across the country this week following days of uninterrupted sunshine and warm weather.

It will be a “cooler, more unsettled week” for much of the UK as temperatures return to average for this time of year, with some downpours expected, according to the Met Office.

Warm conditions during the UK’s fifth weekend in lockdown due to coronavirus prompted concern that members of the public could defy restrictions on movement.

Forecaster Craig Snell said across Wales, the Midlands and over towards Yorkshire is expected to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland will see a bright day with a scattering of showers, while south of the M4 corridor could experience the odd shower.


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He said: “In that southern zone, we’re going to hang on to the warmer air for one more day, so we could see 20C around the London area tomorrow.”

The rest of the UK will see cooler spells, especially in the Midlands, where temperatures could dip to 11C or 12C – a significant drop to highs of 22.4C recorded at Holbeach in Lincolnshire on Sunday.

It will be slightly warmer in the North, with temperatures between 14C and 15C.

On Tuesday, a spell of persistent rain is expected to move across parts of England and Wales, while bright spells and scattered showers continue in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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