Wimbledon fans shelter under umbrellas in SW19 as heavy showers hit

Rain won’t stop our play! Tennis fans shelter under umbrellas in SW19 as showers hit Wimbledon with wet weather (and sunny spells) set to stay ALL WEEK

  • Bands of rain are to cover Britain for the rest of the week, with flood alert issued for parts of western Scotland
  • Tennis fans waiting for the third day of Wimbledon donned macs and sheltered under umbrellas in SW19
  • ‘Regime of sunshine and showers’ will last into the weekend and early part of next week, the Met Office says
  • Next week a ‘ridge of high pressure’ is expected to build up from the Azores, bringing higher temperatures

Wimbledon spectators have had a rainy start to the third day of tennis action in SW19 this morning, but Britons can look ahead to next week where the weather might start feeling like summer once again.

Excitement has been building at SW19 this morning despite fans getting drenched as they patiently waited for entry to grounds.

The drizzling rain has not tainted the excitement brewing at London’s historic tennis tournament on Wednesday, ahead of three big games on Centre Court with players including Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic.

And it looks like the roof may need to be kept firmly over the courts at Wimbledon this week, as there are potentially heavy and thundery showers forecast for the next few days.

Although there is plenty of rain expected until the end of the week, conditions are expected to be quite bright in between any showers and the Met Office tweeted to say it will feel warm in the sunshine.

And next week, a ‘ridge of high pressure’ is expected to build up from the Azores, bringing better conditions, higher temperatures and more of a summer feel to the UK once again. 

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, told MailOnline: ‘The forecast is generally improving. There are showers in the forecast for the UK over the next few days and some of these will be potentially heavy and thundery.

‘However, in between any showers, conditions will generally be quite bright with temperatures around average for the time of year.

Wimbledon spectators have had a rainy start to the third day of tennis action in SW19 this morning, but Britons should look ahead to next week where the weather might start feeling like summer once again (security team is pictured this morrning)

Although there is plenty of rain expected until the end of the week, conditions are expected to be quite bright in between any showers. A woman is pictured through the heavy downpour of rain in Kensal Green, north London, on Wednesday morning

Excitement has been building at SW19 this morning despite fans getting drenched as they patiently waited for entry to grounds

The drizzling rain has not tainted the excitement brewing at London’s historic tennis grounds on Wednesday, ahead of three big games at Centre Court including Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic

‘This regime of sunshine and showers will last into the weekend and the early part of next week when we have a ridge of high pressure that is expected to build up from the Azores bringing potentially improving conditions and higher temperatures.’

The Met Office further reports that more showers will be heavy in areas bordering the Irish Sea later tonight. They also warned of the risk of hail and thunder.

A flood alert has been issued for Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Today, the south of England will experience highs of mostly 16C (60.8F) and 17C (62.6F), while spots in the north including Biggar and Edinburgh in Scotland, and Enniskillen in Northern Ireland will see highs or 14C (57.2F).

On Thursday, Peterborough and Whitby will have highs of 20C (68F), with Milton Keynes and London reaching 19C (66.2F) in the afternoon. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be much the same.

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, added: ‘However, in between any showers, conditions will generally be quite bright with temps around average for the time of year.’ Members of the public scanning their tickets on day three at Wimbledon in London

The rain will likely be present on each day this week, with a heavier band of showers spreading east across most areas on Saturday. A cyclist is pictured making her way through heavy downpour on Wednesday morning in Kensal Green, London

The rain will likely be present on each day this week, with a heavier band of showers spreading east across most areas on Saturday.

There will be showers in the north west of England Sunday, with drier conditions expected elsewhere. 

BBC Weather’s Chris Fawkes said: ‘We get to endure an area of low pressure that has been with us today and will be with us for the rest of the week bringing rain or showers in the forecast everyday.

‘We start off on Wednesday morning with a band of rain across east Scotland, eastern areas of England, clearing quite quickly and then essentially when that has gone it is a day of sunshine and showers.’

Further from the scattered showers Britons will see for the rest of this week, more settled conditions are expected at the start of next week.

The Met Office said a generally ‘more settled regime’ persists for the period between Sunday 3 July to Tuesday 12 although occasional spells of more organised cloud and rain might carry on affecting northern areas at times.  

They said: ‘Southern and eastern areas are most likely to see a good deal of dry and sunny conditions through the period.

‘Temperatures feeling near normal to rather cool in the northwest, although likely increasing above normal towards the end of the period as settled conditions become more widespread.

‘In the south and east, temperatures above average to rather warm.’

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