Garry’s latest FOREcast

Showery Saturday; becoming hot and thundery

The week ahead presents a mixture of ‘high summer’ weather, with building heat then scope for thunderstorms.

In the short term, the weekend starts with rain on and off during Saturday morning and middle of the day, with possible heavy bursts for a time. These showers will generally clear east across the Midlands and into Yorks/Lincs during the afternoon, where some thundery downpours are to be expected. The odd rogue thundery burst is possible over the Peak District, but these should become well scattered, leaving a fine and fresh evening. Westerly breezes around 15mph will add a club or so to your scoring ambitions. Temperatures nudging up to 20C.

For Sunday, it will be generally fair day, with sunshine and broken cloud, although cloud will tend to build through the afternoon and evening. A little rain or drizzle may arrive on the western Peak/Pennines by late evening which will continue into Sunday night, but amounting to very little. Top temperatures into the low 20s Celsius, and a southwest breeze will freshen 10-15mph, stronger later.

Next week starts fair with increasing humidity. Monday may see some low cloud on the western Pennines, but many places will get some sun. Temperatures rising day by day, into the mid to upper 20s by the time we reach Tuesday-Wednesday, and some lowland spots over the Midlands will top 30C. However, the muggy atmosphere brings a risk of thunderstorms breaking out, spreading up from the south in a haphazard manner from late Tuesday into Wednesday daytime, with further clusters of storms possible into Thursday too. Keep an eye on latest forecasts at short range if you’re planning midweek golf!

By the end of the week, the heat should have been pushed away, and a mixed Atlantic west-southwesterly regime is expected to return, with a mix of rain at times, plus some fair days too.

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