UK weather forecast – Heavy rain tonight before 20C weekend is brought on by 'Saharan plume'

Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England will see the worst of the wind and the rain coming in later tonight and lasting into the early part of tomorrow.


Coastal areas in those regions could see winds reaching gale force.

Cumbria and south-west Scotland will get the most rain, according to the Met Office with between 40-60mm.

The rest of England is expected to have a dry night with a lot of cloud in the sky and many parts seeing temperatures above freezing.

The rain is expected to have largely cleared away by tomorrow morning but Northern Ireland and Scotland are predicted to be damp and windy first thing.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told The Sun Online: “England will be cloudy in places but it won’t be a bad afternoon with temperatures reaching 13-14C which is well above the average for this time of year of around 9C.”

While temperatures will be unseasonably warm northern England will be breezy.

Thursday is due to be pretty much the same with some strong winds at times but temperatures staying around the 13-14C mark.

As the weekend approaches things will get even warmer with Friday and Saturday seeing temperatures mainly around 17-18C and most parts will see plenty of sunshine.

Some spots of rain are expected in North Wales and northern England.

Things will be cooler along the south coast with a breeze coming in and temperatures there will be between 11-12C.

The UK then might have the hottest February day ever as the mercury soars even further

The current record for the warmest February day came in 1998 when highs of 19.7C were clocked.

But now forecasters think this coming Saturday could end up taking the title.


The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer models show record 20C February temperatures are possible from the coming weekend.

“Families flying abroad for half-term sun could have stayed home and gone to a UK beach instead.

“Plumes of warm air from the Sahara are due in coming days and also in spring. 25C is certainly likely by April.

“There's a good chance of another fine summer due to the past 12 months’ continuing pattern of high pressure blocking, which brings hot conditions in summer.”

Later this week, Britain could be hotter than Australia — where it is summer — as Hobart, Tasmania, is due only 17C highs from midweek.

And even on Saturday, when the UK could be in record-breaking heat, 18C is forecast for Tasmania.

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That would be beaten by the sizzling heat in Britain if the current record is broken.

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell told The Sun Online: "At the moment, we are looking to reach 18C, most likely in central southern England, or it could be in north-east Wales or north-east Scotland.

"The record is 19.7C in 1998. At this stage, there is a small chance that we could get close, but not for definite."

Becky added: "It is originating from northern Africa and the Canary Islands, so it is coming up from the south.

"There is a big area of high pressure moving across the UK, so it will be nice and sunny too.

"It will be mild right across the country but it’s localised spots that will get the extremely mild temperatures."


But before we reach such heady heights, rain and wind are in store for the next few days in some parts of the country.

The Met Office predicts "dull, wet and windy weather" will develop in Northern Ireland at around lunchtime today before spreading later into Scotland, northwest England and Wales.

Tonight it will be "wet and windy" at times across the north, though southern areas will stay dry.

And tomorrow, outbreaks of rain will continue in the north and west accompanied by strong wends. South of England will remain drier, with some bright and sunny spells.

Current projections show that rainfall will unlikely exceed more than 2-3cm even in the heaviest hit areas in northwest Scotland.

Towards the end of the week those wet and windy spells will settle, with "exceptionally mild" conditions forecast for some areas on Friday and Saturday.

"It will be wet and windy across the north on Tuesday while the south will be drier.

"Remaining unsettled further northwest through Wednesday and Thursday, but drier and brighter elsewhere – becoming very mild."

The Met Office forecast mainly mild temperatures over the month ahead.


Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Temperatures will generally be on the milder side over the next 30 days, with short colder spells at times.

“We never said the ‘Beast from the East’ was definitely coming. We forecast settled and potentially colder conditions, and we have had colder spells.

“It’s mild rather than cold as high pressure is situated a few hundred miles further to our east, giving a southerly rather than easterly flow.”

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