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UK weather forecast: Scorching heatwave to return but only after weekend washout – Mirror Online

Britain is braced for a washout this weekend, ahead of a summer heatwave next week.

Isle of Wight festivalgoers trudged through muddy fields when they arrived at the event yesterday, with revellers likely to be soaked with rain over the next few days.

Download Festival, which starts today in Donington Park, Derby, is also expected to be a washout.

Temperatures this afternoon will reach highs of 19C in Norwich although they will generally be in the low teens across the rest of the country.



Revellers trudged through mud at the Isle of Wight Festival yesterday



Weather will be generally cloudy today

The mercury will rise slightly on Saturday, with London seeing 19C and some parts of north Scotland enjoying 16C.

Sunday will be the best day of the weekend as forecasters predict moments of sunshine across the country.

Temperatures should reach 19C in south-east England.

A spokesman for netweather.tv said: “Overall for the weekend, it’s a mixture of hefty showers, even thundery ones with bright spells.



The Isle of Wight Festival is expected to be a washout

“The winds will be from the south-east, south or south-west and temperatures in the brighter areas, mainly in the east, into the high teens. Low to mid-20s by next week as pressure tries to build.”

This morning will be a wet start for large swathes of the UK, with some sunshine in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, while south England should remain generally dry.

There should be some sunshine in the evening in the south and south-east, although heavy rainfall is expected in south Wales.



Thursday next week is expected to be a scorcher

Forecasters expect more rays in south-east England and the Midlands on Saturday morning, with the weather improving across the country in the afternoon, although there will be some central showers.

Conditions will pick up dramatically next week as temperatures soar to 21C and above on Monday and continue to stay in the 20s throughout the week.

There will be sunshine across the country on Monday, while Tuesday will see highs of 23C, with generally cloudy weather in England and some sun in Scotland.

Wednesday looks set to be a scorcher as the mercury hits 25C in some places, with sunny weather likely.



It will be a mild day today

Next week’s weather will be a welcome break from the flooding and thunderstorms witnessed across the country over the last few days.

Heavy rainfall led to flooding in parts of the country, stranding train passengers and prompting the Royal Air Force to be drafted in after a river breached its banks.

A Chinook helicopter was deployed in a Lincolnshire town to drop sand in an attempt to stop the flow of water after the River Steeping experienced a breach.

Seventy properties were hit by flooding, but Lincolnshire County Council warned that up to 720 could be affected after it said the town of Wainfleet had more than two months of rain in just two days.



A BMW trapped in floodwater yesterday

 

Meanwhile, East Midlands trains apologised to customers after passengers became stranded following a landslide near Corby.

One man tweeted the operator to say his niece had been stuck on a replacement train for five hours amid flooding, after the original one was stranded in the landslide.

The company tweeted: “For customers being affected by the flooding and landslide near Corby, please know we are working closely with @networkrail and the emergency services to get you moving safely, as soon as possible. We are very sorry for the lengthy delay this flooding has caused.”

As of 3pm on Thursday, Chillingham Barns in Northumberland had seen the most rainfall, with 48mm falling throughout the day.

The Met Office has warned of more wet weather to come on Friday, and said sunshine and showers will form the backdrop for an unsettled weekend, with thundery outbreaks in places.

Forecasters said the wettest ever June for the UK as a whole was in 2012 when an average of 149mm of rain fell.

As of June 11, the UK has seen 55.9mm of total rainfall.

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