BBC Weather: UK set for outbreaks of rain and sunshine
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Autumn changes are well on the way for the UK as September comes to a close, with the Met Office predicting a drop in temperatures and high winds as the summer departs. This weekend could be the last hot one of the year, with temperatures of 24C before a blast of cooler weather sets in.
The Met Office has said this September is on track to be the hottest on record.
Sizzling temperatures will reach 23C across the east and southeast of England on Saturday.
The warmth continues throughout the weekend as temperatures will climb to 24C on Sunday in the south.
The north and Wales will also enjoy balmy temperatures, with Yorkshire and the Humber reaching 21C and Cardiff seeing highs of 20C to round off the month.
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Scotland will experience characteristically cooler weather, but Edinburgh and Glasgow are likely to experience highs of 18C according to Met Office maps.
But an autumn chill is on the way towards the end of the weekend, bringing an abrupt end to the enviable weather.
Low-pressure systems will move in over the weekend bringing an autumnal feel to much of the UK.
Maps show higher wind speeds across almost all areas, as well as bands of rain pushing through on Sunday through to Monday.
Wales is likely to experience a washout next week according to the latest maps from WXCHARTS, lasting throughout the end of the week and into the weekend.
Rain in the northwest will hit on Wednesday morning, getting heavier as the day goes on and lasting into the end of the week.
Higher than usual winds will be felt across all of the UK, but Scotland will feel the brunt of the winds, up to 60km/h across the central belt and the northeast.
The gusts will be accompanied by much cooler temperatures, with highs of 16C on the south coast to lows to 10C felt in Wales, the north and Scotland by Monday evening.
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Expert Met Office Meteorologist, Adam Thornhill, said; “For the rest of this week and for the weekend, we will continue to see low-pressure systems bringing blustery weather to the north of the UK.
“Further south the drier, warmer weather remains thanks to the influence of high pressure extending up from the Azores”.
“However, a shift in the position of the jet stream brings a change in our weather next week, allowing a cold front associated with a low-pressure system in the North Atlantic to spread eastwards bringing wet and windy conditions across the whole country throughout Monday.
“Behind the cold front, conditions will feel much more autumnal with a cooler feel and blustery showers for many”.
The Met Office reports that the UK has been experiencing below-average wind speeds this summer, with the lowest averages in 20 years in some areas.
This has been a trend for recent summers as well.
The Met Office report reads: “In the UK our weather predominantly comes from the west, weather systems crossing the Atlantic bring moist and often windy weather to our shores.
“However, the positioning of high- and low-pressure systems has led to a weakening at times of the usual westerly airflow across the UK resulting in calmer and dryer than normal conditions.
“Rainfall for August and September so far has also been below normal for England and Wales.”
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