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June 2014

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Monday 30 June 3pm

A week of two halves

  • Often fine and settled during the first half of the week, especially across England and Wales
  • Increasingly warm, locally very warm across south and south-east England by mid-week.
  • Increasingly unsettled conditions then developing across more northern and western areas from mid-week.
  • A particularly unsettled end to the week and start to next weekend is currently expected and turning cooler

Monday to Wednesday

For most of England and Wales the first half of the will bring bright or sunny spells and in light winds it will become increasingly warm across the south and south-east of England. A few isolated showers may develop with some rain likely to affect Cornwall, for a time, during Monday and into early Tuesday, but this soon clearing.

For Scotland and Ireland conditions are also set fair, but a change to more unsettled conditions with outbreaks of rain is to be expected by Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday

During the end of the week quite a significant change in conditions is expected as low pressure becomes dominant just to the north of the UK. This will bring increasingly unsettled conditions to many areas of N England, Scotland and Ireland with the risk of rain or showers at times and also some quite windy weather too for the time of year. for more northern and western areas of the UK Some particularly heavy rain is possible by Friday with strong winds possibly developing too.

Conditions are likely to remain mainly dry across southern and south-eastern areas of England to end the week, but with a likely increased risk of some scattered showers developing.

Potential severe weather and temperature

The development of some rather unseasonable conditions with heavy rain and strong winds later in the week may well bring some locally severe weather conditions to parts of Scotland. Western areas of the country may well see up to 30-40mm of rainfall during the end of the week

Temperatures will rise rapidly across England and Wales up to mid-week with highs ranging between 20C and 24C, but temperatures reaching 25C to 27C are possible across urban areas of south-east England before temperatures then begin to cooler later in the week. It will generally be cooler across Scotland and Ireland with highs here ranging 16-20C through most of the week.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Friday 27 June 9am

Sunshine and showers

  • Sunshine and showers for many areas this weekend, especially Saturday
  • Some heavy and perhaps thundery downpours across more southern areas
  • Generally drier and brighter for most on Sunday
  • Feeling quite cool, especially by night in the north

Friday

weather map

Heavy and potentially thundery showers or longer spells of heavy rain will develop across many central and southern areas.

Over 30mm of rainfall is possible locally in quite a short period of time with a risk of localised flooding.

It is expected to be a much quieter day across the far north of England and Scotland with some bright or sunny spells.

The map shows the main areas at risk of disruptive and severe weather on Friday.

Saturday and Sunday

A mixture of sunshine and showers will continue across most areas of the UK.

The heaviest and most frequent showers will be on Saturday across central and southern areas of England and Wales, with some further heavy and thundery downpours possible in places.

As the weekend progresses conditions will improve slowly with Sunday generally being mainly dry with bright or sunny spells for most.

Some showers, albeit lighter, are still likely for some southern and eastern areas of the UK.

Potential severe weather and temperature

Severe weather is possible through Friday and into Saturday across central and southern areas of England and Wales in the form of heavy and thundery downpours with a risk of localised flooding.

Maximum temperatures ranging between 15C and 20C are expected generally and it will also be quite chilly by night, especially across more rural areas of the North when temperatures may fall to 4C or 5C on Saturday night.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Wednesday 25 June 10am

Increasingly unsettled

  • Becoming increasingly unsettled, particularly across England and Wales
  • Risk of some heavy rain or showers at times
  • Thunderstorms possible in the south
  • Scotland and Ireland often drier and brighter
  • Turning cooler especially in any wet weather

Wednesday

Dry with some bright or sunny spells and feeling pleasantly warm in light winds across England and Wales.

Across Scotland and Ireland it will be cloudier with sporadic outbreaks of rain or showers, especially across northern and western areas of Ireland and southern and south-western areas of Scotland. 

Thursday and Friday

Unsettled conditions become dominant with an initial band of rain moving northwards across England and Wales later on Thursday and overnight into Friday.

weather map

This is expected to become slow moving over Northern England on Friday to bring quite a poor day here in particular, but with Scotland and Ireland generally drier and brighter.

A mixture of sunshine and showers will follow with showers across central and southern areas on Friday especially likely to be heavy with a risk of thunder some torrential downpours locally too.

The map shows the areas most at risk of seeing the largest rainfall totals and the most significant downpours.

Potential severe weather and temperature

Slow moving and heavy, thundery downpours may bring some localised temporary flooding in places for central and southern areas on Friday.

Temperatures slowly decline in the coming days with quite a cool feel to the weather and highs ranging between 16C and 20C generally, though perhaps only struggling to 14C or 15C across some parts of northern and eastern England by Friday.  

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Monday 23 June 11am

Settled until mid-week then rain later

  • The fine and settled conditions of late will continue across many areas through to the middle of the week, despite a few scattered showers and variable cloud.
  • Many areas will remain warm, especially in any sunshine, but generally becoming a little cooler in the next few days than compared with of late.
  • After mid-week generally becoming more unsettled with an increasing risk of rain or showers for some parts as low pressure becomes more influential.

Monday to Wednesday

Further dry and settled conditions for many areas of the UK with bright or sunny spells.

A few scattered showers may develop at times, but these will be isolated and not widespread.

A weakening weather front on Tuesday is likely to bring thicker cloud to most areas through the day providing more in the way of cloud compared with Monday.

Light rain or showers may become more extensive across Ireland and W Scotland on Wednesday which will otherwise  be dry for many areas with bright or sunny spells.

Thursday and Friday

Towards the end of the week a breakdown to more unsettled conditions is expected.

Some heavy rain or showers are possible at times, especially across Wales, SW England and S England in general.

In contrast the far north of England and Scotland may well remain predominantly dry and bright.

Wimbledon

It’s likely to be a good start to Wimbledon as dry and fine conditions generally dominate up to Wednesday. At the moment most of Thursday looks fairly dry, but with some rain or showers developing later in the day and a wet day is possible on Friday. 

Potential severe weather and temperatures

The risk of heavy rain or showers later in the week may bring some locally severe weather, but details are uncertain for now. Temperatures early in the week are likely to range between 18C and 22C, though locally up to 23C or 24C in a few places.

From Tuesday and Wednesday onwards temperatures will cool and highs will generally range between 16C and 20C. 

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Friday 20 June 8am

Often dry, sunny and pleasantly warm

  • The fine and settled conditions of late will continue into this coming weekend with bright or sunny spells for many areas.
  • It will remain warm, locally very warm where the sunshine is most persistent.
  • Best of the sunshine is expected across more southern and western areas of the UK.
  • Cloudier conditions are expected across Scotland however, with some patchy rain or showers here developing over the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday

The coming weekend, for most of the UK, will maintain the settled conditions that have dominated now for some time. For most of England, Wales and Ireland both Saturday and Sunday are set fair with bright or sunny spells, despite some variable amounts of cloud at times. More prolonged spells of sunshine may develop as well and where this occurs it will be warm given the light winds. Cloudier conditions are expected however across Scotland as weak weather fronts arrive here over the weekend. As a result for Scotland in particular and especially central and northern Scotland showers are possible, so a cloudier and damp weekend is likely here.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

No severe weather is expected this weekend. Temperatures, overall, are expected to range between 18C and 22C so it will be pleasantly warm for many areas, especially where the sunshine is most prolonged. Cloudier conditions in the north will limit temperatures to around 16C to 18C across Scotland at best, especially central and northern Scotland and it will, in general, be cooler around most coastal areas given sea breezes.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Thursday 19 June, 4pm

The Bristol & West Land Rover Show

Just the one event for us this weekend ahead of our presence at Glastonbury Festival and Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.

The Bristol & West Land Rover Show– 21st-22nd June

  • We'll be providing breakdown cover for the event at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
  • As with other events, if you need us (regardless of whether you are an AA member or not) please call our dedicated number 0800 072 3642

From everyone at AA SORT we hope you have a cracking weekend, enjoy the sunshine folks!

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Wednesday 18 June 5pm

Remaining fine and settled

  • For many areas of the UK the rest of the week is set fair with bright or sunny spells at times.
  • It will become cooler than at present to end the week and not feeling as humid, but it will still be pleasantly warm, especially in any sunshine.
  • Some patchy rain or showers remain a risk for some northern and eastern areas, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
  • Early indications for the weekend are for many areas to remain dry with bright or sunny spells and pleasantly warm, but with some patchy rain possible in the far north.

Wednesday

A warm and humid day for many areas of the UK through the rest of Wednesday with some bright or sunny spells at times, especially across more western areas of the UK in particular. A few very isolated heavy showers may develop across parts of the Pennines and perhaps higher ground of Wales which may bring a few localised downpours but these will be very isolated and many areas of the UK will continue to experience very warm, humid and sunny conditions through the rest of the day.

Thursday and Friday

A weak weather front moving southwards across the UK during Thursday may bring thicker cloud for a time and with some isolated showers, perhaps across more southern counties of England for a time on Thursday. More noticeably this weak weather front will introduce cooler and fresher conditions from the north to end the week so the very warm and humid conditions of mid-week will be removed. As a result whilst it will feel cooler and fresher in any bright or sunny spells it will be pleasantly warm. Very little change during Friday with many areas set fair with bright or sunny spells and variable cloud. A few showers or patchy rain may develop across the far north of Scotland later in the day.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

No severe weather is expected to end the week. Temperatures are forecast to range between 20C and 24C today across a large portion of inland areas of the UK, but locally temperatures up to 25C or 26C is possible. It will then becoming much cooler and fresher to end the week with highs ranging between 16C and 20C generally, but locally up to 21C or 22C in the south

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Monday 16 June 9am

Mainly fine and dry

  • Fine and settled overall for many areas of the UK this week with some bright or sunny spells.
  • Cloudier conditions are expected at times however, especially across more northern and eastern areas.
  • Generally becoming cloudier as a whole later in the week with cooler conditions developing from the north.
  • Risk of isolated heavy showers for parts of S Scotland and N England on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Temperatures highest in the south and west when 22C to 24C possible around mid-week.

Monday to Wednesday

High pressure will be the dominant feature of the weather during the first half of the week and this will provide predominantly fine and settled conditions to most areas. Bright or sunny spells are expected on all days at times, particularly across Ireland, Wales and SW England. Further north and east it is likely to be cloudier at times with perhaps a little patchy rain or drizzle, especially so across Scotland towards mid-week. There is also a low risk of some locally heavy showers developing during the afternoon period of both Tuesday and Wednesday across S Scotland and N England, but these will be the exception rather than the rule.

Thursday and Friday

Towards the end of the week the generally fine and settled conditions will continue, but some changes are to be expected. A developing north or north-westerly wind later in the week will mean temperatures becoming slightly below average away from the far south and west. Thicker cloud is likely to bring a risk of some patchy rain or showers for more northern and eastern areas of the UK, whilst more western areas generally maintain more in the way of sunshine.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

Apart from the risk of locally heavy showers on Tuesday and Wednesday across S Scotland and N England that may bring some localized downpours no severe weather is expected this week. Temperatures will rise steadily towards mid-week with highs ranging between 20C and 24C across many areas. It will be cooler further north and east. After mid-week a cooling trend is expected for all areas with highs ranging between 18C and 22C generally, but across Scotland and N England temperatures may be a few degrees cooler than this at times.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Sunday 15 June 7pm

Top weekend of events

Red Arrows

A fantastic weekend of events, has meant a busy few days for AA Patrols and AASORT crews alike.

Festivals are always great events to support, and the Isle of Wight Festival and Download this weekend have been no different, so far. We even got a flypast from the Red Arrows today at the Isle of Wight. We'll remain on site at both festivals through the night and the festival exodus on Monday. If you need us then please call 0800 072 3642 or 0121 535 7477 from a mobile.

Pageant of Power

The other big event for us this weekend has been the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in Cheshire. The guys on site have reported a fantastic few days. We've been there showcasing the best of the AA, providing breakdown cover for visitors and even handing out free suntan cream. Now you weren't expecting us to do that were you?

Last but certainly by no means least we are once again proudly supporting the Help for Heroes European Rally. Now in its fourth year the event has now raised over £3/4 million for Help for Heroes. This non-speed 12 day event covers 7 countries & follows the 1944/45 Allied Invasion Route through Europe. Good luck to all taking part and to Tony, Brian and the rest of the AA folks.

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Friday 13 June 11am

Mainly dry but cloudy

  • Few heavy showers and possible thunderstorms to end the week across parts of England.
  • The weekend, as a whole, is generally set fair with many areas predominantly dry but often cloudy.
  • Some bright or sunny spells are to be expected though, especially across more southern and western areas of the British Isles.
  • Temperatures very warm through today (Friday) but then cooling to near average this weekend.

Friday

Weather Map

Mostly cloudy across more the north and west with outbreaks of rain or showers across Scotland and Ireland at times. Across England and Wales bright or sunny spells are expected, it will also be noticeably warm and humid and there is a risk of some locally heavy and thundery showers developing. The areas at greatest risk have been highlighted on the associated graphic;

Saturday

A rather cloudy day is expected for many areas with perhaps some patchy rain or showers initially across more western areas of England and into Wales. Some bright or sunny spells are then expected to develop and particularly so across more western areas of the British Isles, but overall whilst it will be predominantly dry it will be rather cloudy too. It will also feel markedly cooler than Friday.

Sunday

High pressure will continue to dominate the weather across many areas through Sunday and as a result will experience further dry and bright weather with some sunny spells. However, further cloudy conditions are expected at times and the cloud may well be quite slow to clear to leave some areas predominantly cloudy throughout most of the day, with parts of Wales, Midlands and N England currently at risk of the thickest cloud.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

Some locally severe weather is possible where any heavy showers or thunderstorms develop across E England during Friday afternoon and evening. Locally large amounts of rainfall are possible in a short space of time along with lightning; otherwise no severe weather is expected this weekend. Temperatures are forecast to range between 20C and 24C across England and Wales on Friday, but locally up to 25C or 26C. A much cooler and fresher weekend is then expected to follow with highs generally ranging between 18C and 22C, so still pleasantly warm, especially in any sunshine.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Thursday 12 June, 11am

Fun in the sun, ish!

With our summer event schedule in full swing take a look at what we are up to this weekend;

IOW Festival – 12th-15th June

  • As always we will have a presence at the IOW Festival; patrols and SORT crew will be on hand..
  • As with other events, if you need us (regardless of whether you are an AA member or not) please call our dedicated Festival Assist Number 0800 072 3642


Download Festival – 13th-16th June

Taking place at Donnington Park, Leicestershire

  • As ever we will have a presence at Download Festival; patrols and SORT crew will be on hand. The mud of previous years should hopefully be less of an issue than in previous years.
  • The AA will be running our dedicated event breakdown line. Any problems just call 0800 072 3642


Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – 13th-15th June

  • Held annually at Castle Farm, Cholmondeley, Malpas, Cheshire. The Pageant of Power is one of the UK's biggest celebrations of power and speed.
  • The AA will be running our dedicated event breakdown line. Any problems just call 0800 072 3642


Matt's look at the Weather

IOW Festival; predominantly dry conditions with the possibility of a few showers or patchy rainfall on Saturday

Download; Mainly dry and warm on Friday but a chance of some thundery showers. A cloudy saturday with possibly some patchy rain and a bright sunny Sunday

Pageant of Power: mainly dry with bright or sunny spells on Friday and warm, but with few showers possible late in the day. Cloudier and cooler on Saturday with some patchy rain or showers possible, but then drier and brighter again by Sunday.

From everyone at AA SORT we hope you have a cracking weekend, enjoy the sunshine! If you see our people this weekend then they'll have some free sunscreen available.

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Wednesday 11 June 11am

Fine and settled for most

  • A markedly different latter half to the week is expected compared with the first half with settled conditions expected.
  • As usual there are some exceptions to the rule and this includes parts of Ireland and Scotland which may see some rain or showers at times, but not to the extent of past days.
  • Pleasant spells of early summer sunshine are likely across England and Wales in particular.
  • Temperatures on the increase to end the week and across England and Wales in particular it will be warm or very warm.

Wednesday

A mixture of sunshine and showers are expected across more northern areas of the British Isles in particular with perhaps a few heavy showers across Scotland. Otherwise many other areas, especially England and Wales will maintain predominantly dry conditions with bright or sunny spells, of which may become more prolonged by evening as cloud breaks and clears.

Thursday and Friday

The end of the week is expected to be dominated by high pressure for most areas. There is a ‘fly in the ointment’ however and that is relating to weak weather fronts that will continue to influence conditions, at times, across parts of Ireland and Scotland. Here, as a result, it will generally be cloudier with some outbreaks of rain or showers at times, but with precipitation generally quite light and not to the extent of earlier in the week. For most of England and Wales it is a fine and settled end to the week with sunny spells at times and variable amounts of cloud.

Temperatures

Temperatures are expected to range 16C - 20C across Ireland and Scotland to end the week and ranging 18C -22C across England and Wales. However, there is the possibility of temperatures reaching 24C or 25C across parts of urban areas of the south and south-east of England on Friday.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Monday 09 June 10am

Heavy downpours then improving conditions

  • Heavy showers and thunderstorms will be the dominant feature of the weather to start the week with many areas at risk on both Monday and Tuesday.
  • Locally severe conditions are likely in association with any thunderstorms with large rainfall totals, hail and frequent lightning all possible at times.
  • An improving picture for England and Wales in particular from Wednesday onwards though as high pressure brings far more benign weather than of late.
  • Temperatures this week generally around average so overall feeling quite warm, especially early in the week.

Monday and Tuesday

The week is expected to begin showery as low pressure dominates the weather. Many areas of the UK will experience a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers on both days with the showers becoming most prevalent during the afternoon periods. It is difficult to pin-point specific areas at risk due to the quite widespread threat but many areas should be aware of the risk of some locally severe conditions developing at times on both Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The primary risk is from large rainfall totals falling in a short space of time to bring a risk of localised surface flooding, but hail and frequent lightning is possible in association with any thunderstorms and poor driving conditions are expected at times too.

Wednesday

From mid-week quite a rapid change to far more settled conditions is expected as the low pressure responsible for the showery weather early in the week clears away to the north of Scotland and higher pressure replaces it over England and Wales. So, for many areas of England and Wales it is a dry day with bright or sunny spells and feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Showery conditions may continue across Ireland and Scotland but even these generally becoming more scattered and lighter with time.

Thursday and Friday

The end of the week sees high pressure dominate conditions across England and Wales. However, weather fronts and low pressure will never be too far away from Ireland and Scotland and here showers or longer spells of rain are possible to end the week and these conditions may filter down into N England at times. For most of England and Wales though the week will end fine with some bright or sunny spells, but a lot of cloud is possible too and whilst still pleasantly warm it is likely to feel cooler than earlier in the week as well.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

The main threat of severe weather this week originates from the heavy showers and thunderstorms early in the week, thereafter no severe weather is to be expected. The localised nature of the showers provides uncertainties over which areas are at greatest risk but a large portion of the UK is at risk of some torrential downpours leading to locally severe conditions, so this is something to be aware of and prepared for. Temperatures this week generally ranging between 18C and 22C, but temperatures early in the week are likely to peak at 24C to 26C across parts of east and south-east England. A general cooling trend is then expected and by the end of week temperatures may be struggling to reach 16C across northern areas, but overall still quite warm across England and Wales.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Saturday 07 June 5pm

Duchenne Dash

Paris Picture

  • It has been a grueling 24hrs for all those taking part in the Duchenne Dash.
  • The AA have been supporting the cyclists on their 24hr ride from Paris to London with motorbike outriders and one of our Land Rover Defenders
  • The cyclists reached Paris in the sunshine in great spirits, having raised huge sums of money for the Duchenne Children's Trust
  • All of those that helped out from the AA had a great couple of days, it was a pleasure to support such a great charity. A huge WELL DONE to all of the riders too, a great achievement.

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Friday 06 June 10am

Warm and humid – Risk of thunderstorms

  • A warm and humid day for many on Saturday, but especially across England and Wales but this coinciding with some locally torrential downpours and thunderstorms.
  • Risk of some locally disruptive and severe weather due to large rainfall totals in a short space of time.
  • Sunday cooler and fresher but still pleasantly warm, but with sunshine and showers.
  • The showers on Sunday still heavy but generally restricted to more northern and western areas of the UK, drier and brighter further south.

Remainder of Friday

For many areas the rest of Friday will be increasingly warm and humid, especially across England and Wales with some bright or sunny spells through the afternoon. A few showers may develop across inland areas of Scotland, but otherwise a very pleasant Friday afternoon and evening for many. It will be cloudier over in Ireland however with outbreaks of rain or showers at times.

Saturday

A warm and humid day is expected for many areas of England and Wales. However, the emphasis on Saturday will be the development of some very heavy rain showers and thunderstorms moving northwards through the day. These may be evident as early as Saturday morning across parts of SW England, Wales, parts of the Midlands and perhaps NW England. As the morning and early afternoon progresses these downpours will become increasingly widespread whilst moving northwards.

Weather Map

At the moment a large portion of England, Wales and S Scotland is at risk and this region has been highlighted yellow. However, it is within the regions highlighted amber, essentially inland and central areas of England, that there is a risk of locally severe conditions due to a large amount of rain in a short space of time bringing a risk of flash flooding, hail, frequent lightning and gusty winds. It should be noted that this more severe risk is not expected to be widespread but will be more localised. However, where these conditions do occur then travel disruption is to be expected.

Sunday

During Sunday an overall a quieter day is expected with any residual heavy rain and thunderstorms clearing away to the north and east first thing. Many areas of the UK will then see a mixture of sunshine and showers, but the showers most frequent across Scotland, Ireland and Northern England. The showers will be lighter and more scattered across S England and here some areas may well remain dry all day and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine, but generally feeling cooler and fresher than on Saturday.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

The risk of more localised and regional disruption due to flash flooding, large hail and frequent lightning is a distinct possibility on Saturday. More inland areas of England are at greatest risk and particularly so across parts of the Midlands, N England and into S Scotland. Up to 25mm to 30mm of rainfall may well fall within an hour or two and this will bring a risk of flash flooding, some large hail is possible in places and where any thunderstorms occur then lightning may be quite frequent too. Temperatures this weekend will range between 18C and 22C generally on Saturday, but across the east and south-east of England then temperatures up to 24C to 26C is possible for a time in what will be a warm and humid day for many areas. Sunday will be cooler and fresher with highs ranging between 16C and 20C, but still locally up to 21C or 22C in south-east England.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Wednesday 04 June 10am

Unsettled – Warmer by Friday

  • Heavy rain and showers moving north and east across many areas of England, Wales and Scotland through Wednesday.
  • Some local disruption due to surface water is possible across central and southern areas of England for a time on Wednesday.
  • Risk of persistent and heavy rain, with a risk of localised flooding for parts of E and SE Scotland on Thursday, drier elsewhere.
  • Becoming increasingly warm and more humid by Friday ahead of a very unsettled weekend.

Wednesday

Low pressure is dominating the weather through today and this will bring a risk of some widespread rain or showers to a large portion of England, Wales and Scotland. The rain is expected to be most persistent across parts of central and southern areas of England and perhaps into parts of Wales through today with 20-30mm of rain possible. Some temporary, local disruption is possible due to standing surface water, but at the moment no significant or widespread problems are expected. Where persistent rain isn’t present then some brighter weather is likely, but with scattered heavy showers.

Thursday

Weather Map

Into Thursday and a window of better weather is expected for most of England, Wales and Ireland. A few showers are possible and some residual rain may well be lingering across parts of N England during the morning but this will clear. Thereafter a mainly dry afternoon with bright, sunny spells is expected. Scotland, however, is a different story and a persistent risk of rain or showers is bringing some concern for more eastern areas of the country, as highlighted on the associated graphic. Up to 30mm to 40mm of rainfall is possible during Thursday within the highlighted area, with perhaps up to 50mm more locally. Some localised flooding is possible along with some travel problems too.

Friday

The end of the week will begin to see temperatures rise with an increasingly warm and humid feel to the day as south or south-easterly winds develop. Some bright or sunny spells are expected at times, especially across more northern and eastern areas of the UK. Further west and south-west it will become increasingly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and perhaps thunderstorms developing over Ireland, Wales and SW England during the middle and latter part of the day.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

The risk of some local disruption is possible today across parts of England and Wales due to heavy rain and showers, but no significant problems are to be expected. A greater concern exists for parts of E Scotland during Thursday where over 40mm of rainfall is possible. Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will generally range between 14C and 18C, locally cooler than this beneath any persistent rain. By Friday temperatures will be on the increase with highs ranging between 18C and 22C generally and it will begin to feel more humid as well.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

Tuesday 03 June 4pm

AA patrols keep charity dash on the road

Duchenne Dash logo

  • AASORT are coordinating the AA's support of 24-hour London to Paris bike ride in aid of Duchenne Children’s Trust
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy is most common genetic killer of children worldwide
  • Duchenne Dash includes celebrity riders Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Dermot Murnaghan
  • Text DUCH88 £5 to 70070 to donate £5

The AA is supporting this Friday’s Duchenne Dash (6 June), a 24-hour charity bike ride from London to Paris to raise funds and awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The muscle-wasting genetic condition leads to paralysis and death in all cases and affects around one boy in every 3,500 in the UK and around 300,000 worldwide.

Ten AA motorbike outriders and a support Land Rover from the AA’s flood rescue team will accompany more than 120 riders, including broadcasters Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Dermot Murnaghan, on the event organised by the Duchenne Children’s Trust charity.

Chris Jansen, the AA’s chief executive, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Duchenne Dash. I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand the fantastic work done by the charity. While the condition is not widely known, it’s actually the most common genetic killer of children worldwide. Raising funds for research and clinical trials is vital, as treatments and maybe even a cure are on the horizon. We want to help the charity in its mission to beat this disease in a decade, so encourage everyone to donate. Our AA patrols will be there to help the riders on their dash to Paris and we wish them all the best of luck."

Last year, the Duchenne Dash raised more than £200,000 for the charity and they aim to double that this year. You can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/duchennedash or text DUCH88 £5 to 70070 to give £5 on your mobile phone bill.

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Tuesday 03 June 8am

Matt Hugo -Registered Meteorologist (RMet)

Rmet Certificate

We are pleased to report that our resident meteorologist Matt Hugo is now a Registered Meteorologist (RMet) of the Royal Meteorological Society.

RMet is a professional qualification awarded by the Royal Meteorological Society for members pursuing a career in meteorology, or working in a role supporting meteorological services

More information on the Rmet scheme can be found on the The Royal Meteorological Society site.

Ian, your man on Twitter over at @AASORT

Monday 02 June 10am

Predominantly unsettled

Monday and Tuesday

The week starts with a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers for most areas, but with some longer spells of rain for more eastern areas of England for a time today but this gradually clearing and weakening. In-between the showers some lengthy drier and brighter intervals are to be expected. Showers across parts of Scotland and eastern areas of England on Tuesday may be locally heavy and some heavy showers are also expected to develop across Ireland at times too.

Wednesday

Into Wednesday and a quite a complex weather pattern develops. Sunshine and showers are once again expected for most areas of the UK and these will become heavy and thundery at times during the afternoon period, especially across inland areas of England and Wales and Ireland. There is a risk of more organised rain affecting parts of E England for a time and this then moving up into E and SE Scotland to potentially bring a very wet period of weather here.

Thursday

By Thursday and a window of better weather is expected for most areas. A few showers remain possible, but for most of England, Wales and Ireland a drier day is expected than compared with Wednesday with some bright or sunny spells at times. Scotland, however, will be markedly different as low pressure continues to influence the weather here and this will maintain a risk of some heavy rain and showers, especially across central and eastern areas of Scotland where some locally large rainfall totals are possible.

Friday

At the moment the week is expected to end on an increasingly warm, humid but still unsettled theme. Some bright or even sunny spells may be possible across central and eastern areas of England where it will feel warm and increasingly humid here. Scotland is likely to remain rather cloudy with some rain or showers and longer spells of rain. A possible risk of thunderstorms is expected to develop across Ireland, Wales and SW England during the afternoon and evening, this too perhaps bringing some large rainfall totals as well.

Potential severe weather and temperatures

There remain uncertainties over specific rainfall ‘events’ this week, but overall there’s no real threat of any severe weather on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday will provide a risk of some heavy and thundery showers in places along with a risk of longer spells of rain for eastern areas of the UK. Thursday is of particular concern for parts of central and eastern Scotland with large rainfall totals possible here with a subsequent risk of flooding and the risk of large rainfall totals may then transfer towards more southern and western areas of the UK to end the week. Temperatures this week ranging between 14C and 18C generally, but it may well become markedly warmer and more humid by Friday. Equally in any persistent rain during the middle of the week temperatures may struggle to just 12C or 13C in places and it will feel cool.

Matt Hugo, Meteorologist

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