BBC Weather: Britons brace for significant temperature drop ahead of drizzly weekend

BBC Weather meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas said the UK is on track for a weekend of patchy rain and persistent breeze as the two fronts slowly build up off the UK. The forecaster said temperatures will slowly drop compared to earlier in the season because of the cold air produced by the meeting of the snap and the depression. Ms Keith-Lucas said: “As we head through the course of today, we’re looking at a fairly cool, breezy sort of theme to the weather.

“There will be some scattered showers around but we won’t all see them, there’ll also be a little shower around.

“We’ve had one area of cloud which is clearing away towards the east and you can see in the Atlantic the next area of cloud moving its way in across the southwest. It will be clouding over across parts of southern England, South Wales through the day as well.

“To the north, there’ll be some sunshine for parts of north Wales into northern England, southern Scotland as well. But plenty of showers packing in on this northwesterly breeze across northern and western Scotland, and for Northern Ireland as well.

“Temperatures today a little bit cooler than recent days so we’re looking at 15C to roundabout 19C.”

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Through the day into the evening, the rainy patches will be slowly moving away from the south but Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see more persistent rain.

The BBC meteorologist continued: “Moving on into the evening hours, we’ve got this patchy rain across southern England, that will clear away.

“So clearing skies in the south tonight but we’ll keep with that breezy, showery breeze. Showers packing in particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland as well.

“Temperatures down to between 8C to 11C first thing tomorrow morning, enough of a breeze to keep things frost free certainly and we shouldn’t see any mist or fog around.”

Ms Keith-Lucas said the weekend will be characterised by cooler temperatures still because of the two fronts merging together and pushing northwesterly air into the UK.

She said: “Through the day tomorrow we’ve got high pressure in the Atlantic, low pressure out in the north east.

“That combination means we’re going to be drawing in those northwesterly winds heading on into the weekend, so quite a cool airmass on the way.

“Through the course of the weekend, it will feel a little bit cooler and there will be that mix, once again, of sunshine and some blustery showers.”

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Ms Keith-Lucas added: “During the day on Saturday, showers are packing in across Scotland into Northern Ireland as well. Some sunnier, clearer weather for central parts of Scotland and further south across southern England and Wales. Expect to see some spells of sunshine as well around.

“It won’t be quite as warm as it has been recently, temperatures just about 14C to 18C through the day on Saturday, feeling a bit cooler in that breeze in the west.

“But heading through into Sunday, less of a wind around and fewer showers around for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and most of those showers will be later in the day across England, there could be the odd rumble of thunder.”

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