UK weather forecast LIVE: Record-breaking cold Bank Holiday, -1C Polar plunge and latest weather maps

THE UK is set to be chilled by a polar plunge in its last weekend of the summer — making it the coldest Bank Holiday in nearly 50 years.

A sudden cold spell will come on because of a 500 mile-wide freak "polar plunge".

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. -1C lows are expected in Scotland.

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



    This is because poor wheat harvest are predicted this year after storms, droughts and then August’s rain meaning higher bread prices.

    The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warned earlier this month that the UK’s wheat harvest this year could be the worst since the 1980s because of freak weather

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), this summer’s wheat crop is expected to be down by nearly 40 per cent compared to last year.

    In February there was a month of non-stop storms and the month ended up being the wettest on record for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    This was followed by a very hot and dry spring that resulted in droughts in many parts of the UK.

    And now farmers have been forced to delay harvesting their crops because of heavy rain in August.


    Tomorrow it is forecast to be an unsettled and overcast day with showers which will merge into longer spells of rain across northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Showers will be locally heavy with a threat of thunder across England and Wales. A northerly breeze will strengthen through the day

    Tomorrow night, it will be mostly cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain for large parts of England and Wales, some of which may be thundery for a time. Clear spells in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Through the night, clear spells will gradually develop in Wales and western England. Windy

    Saturday will be mostly dry and bright, especially in the west. However, there will be cloud and outbreaks of rain across East Anglia and parts of south-east England.

    Chilly with a moderate northerly wind. On Sunday it will be dry with sunny intervals for all areas. Gentle north-westerly winds


    Thunderstorms are forecast to hit parts of the UK ahead of the bank holiday weekend as the wet and windy end to August continues.

    The Met Office has issued weather warnings that conditions over today and tomorrow could bring localised flooding and travel disruption.

    A yellow warning for heavy rain this evening covering most of southern England and parts of south Wales, is due to last until 7pm.

    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.

    On Friday, another yellow weather warning for heavy showers and thunderstorms has been put in place for 11am to 8pm , covering a slightly larger area of south Wales and southern England.


    Torrential rain is sweeping into southern England and parts of South Wales and will last until 7pm today.

    It will bring torrential downpours, difficult driving conditions and possible disruption to transport.

    The Met Office warns: “Areas of heavy rain will continue to move eastwards across southern parts of England, bringing up to 1.1 or 1.5 inches (30 or 40mm) in five or six hours in a few areas – enough to cause a lot of surface water and some flooding on roads.

    “Conditions drying up across the west of the warning area later.”

    It comes as heavy showers along with thunder and lightning are expected to kick-off the long weekend for parts of Britain as the UK faces a rather drizzly end to August.


    Just when you thought Autumn had set in — if not winter — along comes an “Atlantic heat frenzy”.

    It will scorch Britain with temperatures into the mid-20s after Bank Holiday washout.

    Netweather’s latest hot weather maps show temperatures soaring in both northern and southern parts of the UK at the end of next week.
    Thursday will see highs of 25C in North Yorkshire and 23C in London.

    Meanwhile, Friday will also see temperatures in the south rise a few degrees to 25C.


    Frosty weather is due in Scotland and threatening northern England. -1C lows are expected because of the freak polar plunge.

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

    After Storms Ellen and Francis, more gusts up to 40mph are due on Saturday before winds ease, but at least it will be mainly dry – if cool – over the weekend, with cloud and sunny spells.

    The cold snap will also affect France and Spain.



    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for fierce thunderstorms and heavy rains lashing southern parts of England and Wales from Friday morning until late.

    The national forecaster has issued a yellow weather alert for tomorrow for much of the central and south of England and Wales to brace for a battering, after a week of wild and wet weather.

    The fresh thunderstorms also bring the prospect of flash-flooding and come in the wake of Storm Francis, which dealt out powerful winds this week.


    There are currently 13 flood alerts in place, covering northern Wales and northern England.

    It comes after elderly residents had to be rescued from the County Down coastal resort town of Newcastle after a river burst its banks, and in Draperstown, Co Londonderry, rescuers had to save nine people from inside a house, along with four outside who were trying to help.

    A boat was used to help residents in Newcastle, a picturesque east coast town on the edge of the Mourne Mountains.

    Up to 300 homes have been affected and streets left under three or four feet of water, a local representative said.

    South Wales Police said they were involved in two separate water searches from the swollen River Taff and fire crews had to rescue holidaymakers from a flooded campsite in the town of St Clears, Carmarthenshire, after river levels rose in the area.


    It has felt like late summer recently but Brits can look forward to basking in 26C sun next week.

    Meanwhile we will have to put up with some heavy rain beforehand as Storm Francis dies away.

    The country was battered by 80mph gales and heavy rain in some of the worst summer weather for 50 years.

    Towards the end of next week conditions are due to get a lot brighter with possibly 26C temperatures by next Friday as hot air pushes up from the continent.

    Charts from Netweather.TV show large parts of the country turn dark red as the plumes hit Britain.

    The warm temperatures are set to continue for at least six days with temperatures remaining in the mid-20s for most parts of the UK.


    During the evening, it will be mostly cloudy with scattered heavy showers for most areas, some of which will thundery in England and Wales.

    Showers or longer spells of rain will continue through the night for most.

    The best chance of clear spells will be in southern England. Fresh northerly winds

    Tomorrow, the morning will be grey with outbreaks of rain for most, heavy at times in north-east England.

    It will become bright during the afternoon across Wales, central and southern England, triggering frequent heavy and thundery showers. Patchy rain in the north. Bright but breezy in northern Scotland

    Saturday will be chilly with patches of cloud but also a few bright spells. There will be rain at times in the east. Brisk northerly winds.

    It will be a cold start on Sunday but the morning will be dry with plenty of sunshine.


    A rare flat rainbow was seen in Torbay during Storm Francis.

    The incredible images were shared on the Facebook page @torbayinpictures and show the unusual rainbow effect at Torquay, seen from Paignton beach.

    The phenomenon occurred during Storm Francis and is believed to be caused by the sun shining through spray whipped up from the sea by strong winds.

    A spokesperson from the Met Office explained: “This looks like spray, being blown up from the sea by the strong gusty winds due to Storm Francis.

    “The same principles as in a usual rainbow are then in play, so the light is being reflected, refracted and dispersed by the water droplets giving the different colours.”


    About six migrant boats have today been picked up off the Kent coast as the weather cleared.

    They are the first Channel crossings since last Thursday, after Storm Francis made the already treacherous trip too dangerous.

    A group of around 15 landed in a dinghy at Shakespeare Beach, Dover, around 6.30am.

    It is thought another five vessels have been brought into the town's port after being detected in the Channel.

    Before the latest journeys over the 21-mile Dover Strait shipping lane, the total number of migrants to have reached Britain by small boat stood at 4,999.

    Last year's tally of 1,850 was eclipsed months ago.


    Meanwhile Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the hottest September on record to just 2-1 (from 5-1) as forecasts hint at rising temperatures following a soaking August.

    “We've endured some miserable weather in August but there is hope for some September sunshine.

    “We have cut the odds on it being our warmest ever,” said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.


    Kids at a school in Scotland were soaked during Storm Francis because coronavirus restrictions meant they couldn’t shelter inside school during breaks.

    Youngsters at Mackie Academy, in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, returned soaked to afternoon lessons on Tuesday.

    Aberdeenshire Council said there had been insufficient space in the school for pupils to take their breaks indoors and maintain social distancing.

    A spokesman said the school had followed Scottish Government guidelines by asking pupils to remain outdoors.

    Parents said social distancing had been a distant thought as children huddled together under trees in a forlorn effort to stay dry.

    Aberdeenshire Council said last night it would be formulating new arrangements, including introducing temporary shelters, and would be writing to parents.

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