Experts say normal summer weather is on its way

The morning sun rises
The morning sun rises

A brief respite to the unsettled weather has again given way to more rain but forecasters say normal summer conditions are on the way.

Britain is finally expected to get drier and warmer next week - but only after the country is hit by yet more downpours.

This summer’s record-breaking grim weather has been caused by the jet stream settling unusually far south. Now experts believe it is on its way back north, restoring a “more usual summer pattern”.

The wettest April to June on record, followed by more heavy rain so far this month, has caused widespread - and in some cases, repeated - flooding.

More showers are expected to dampen the nation’s spirits over the coming days, with heavy rain in the middle of the week, forecasters said.

A Pitsford Weather Station report today read: “A ridge of high pressure will cover the southern half of the UK tomorrow, so Tuesday should remain generally dry across the county. It will, however, remain cloudy. Temperatures will be up tomorrow with highs reaching 21C.

“Wednesday will start off dry, but again will remain cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain following through by late morning and continuing through the afternoon.

“As high pressure builds on Friday, conditions should become more settled, although the county could see one or two sharp showers during the afternoon. Conditions more like summer should win on Saturday, although Sunday at this stage looks like a return to more showers later in the day.”

Describing the national picture, Tom Tobler, a forecaster with MeteoGroup said: “There is going to be more rain.

“There will be patchy rain around tomorrow, more towards the North. On Wednesday it will be very wet in places - southern Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland and north Wales.”

Looking ahead to the latter part of the week, he added: “We will get high pressure building to the west, and it looks like that’s going to give us a couple of dry days on Friday and Saturday.

“It looks like there’s going to be high pressure across the south of the UK, so it looks like it’s going to be generally drier next week. But northern areas will see some rain, particularly northern Scotland.”

Asked about the jet stream heading back towards its normal position, he said: “It’s looking like a more usual summer pattern with the jet stream further north.

“It looks like southern areas can expect some dryer and warmer weather. It’s more like average summer conditions and weather we would expect.”

The London Olympic Games start on Friday next week, and Coral bookmakers has offered odds of 2/1 of rain falling in the Olympic Stadium during the men’s 100m final and 25/1 on adverse weather forcing the cancellation of a full day’s athletics.

Ladbrokes is offering odds of 6/4 that rain falls at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27.