Heavy showers, strong winds and clouds are expected to arrive before the sun gradually comes out again towards the end of the weekend. It comes as the UK experienced the hottest spring weather on record, with May being the driest May on record, with beaches packed full of people making the most of the sunshine and the newly introduced measures to ease lockdown, including socially-distanced outdoor gatherings of up to six people.
Forecasters say that we have seen the best of the sunshine, with a cold and stormy spell coming in from the Arctic Ocean today, June 5.
Big cities like Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham will see the worst of the bad weather, with strong winds battering most of the country as an area of low pressure sweeps Newcastle.
Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles told the Sun: “We’ve got used to it being warm but the feel of the weather is going to change over the next few days.
“We’ve had a lot of warm air coming from Europe but the pressure patterns will change in the next few days.
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“Whereas we have been having air coming from the warm continent it will now come from the Arctic Ocean.”
The Met Office has warned average June temperatures of 20C or more are unlikely to return until the very end of the month.
BBC forecaster Stav Danaos said low pressure will “dominate our weather pattern”, meaning “it’s going to end up feeling more like autumn for a while”.
Parts of Scotland will struggle to reach temperatures of 10C or above this weekend as a blast of “wintriness over the Scottish mountains” takes hold.
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Mr Danaos said: “It’s going to feel much cooler and showery, longer spells of rain at times and it will also turn windy too.”
An area of low pressure is closing in from the North Sea according to weather charts, but this pressure should begin easing by the end of the weekend – though unsettled weather is expected throughout most of June.
On Saturday, June 6, the BBC meteorologist said the country will see a mixture of spots of sunshine and showers, with some of the rain turning “heavy and thundery” by the afternoon in England and Wales.
By then, winds are expected to pick up to around 40mph before moving into southern regions of Scotland, where they could climb to 50mph by the evening.
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On Saturday, Brits can expect to see winds reach 60mph during what is being described as “a blustery day, windy, cool and with further showers”.
The Met Office forecast for today reads: “A breezy and showery day for many and feeling cool.
“Some showers heavy with the chance of the odd rumble of thunder during the afternoon.
“Strengthening winds and heavy rain arriving into the northeast with gales for some parts here.”
Tonight, rain and strong winds will move into Northern Ireland and northern England.
Some coastal winds are likely to be seen while showers will be seen for a few further down south of the country.
The Met Office long range forecast predicts that temperatures are likely to return to average by there middle of June as “conditions become more settled”.
The long range forecast from the BBC, meanwhile, agrees that “similar weather to that just seen through May” could be returning in the coming weeks.
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