Met Office suggests better weather looms but no word on ‘heatwave’

There are early signs of more settled weather towards the end of May due to high pressure heading in from the west, but it’s too early to say if Devon and Cornwall will see a heatwave in June, the Met Office has said.

With much of the region experiencing heavy rain this week, many people in Devon and Cornwall will be hoping for a return of the sunshine, bringing an end to the miserable weather we’ve seen so far this month.

Exeter-based weather company the Met Office said that although there are some “early signs” of more settled weather towards the end of May, it’s too early to say whether there is likely to be ‘heatwave’ in June. It comes after there had been reports of such a heatwave, reportedly lasting for more than two weeks next month.

Oli Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, told us: “By the time you get that far ahead, our forecast gets quite general and looks at a national perspective, because it can’t be gone into that far ahead basically.

“In terms of when the weather will settle down, there are some very early signs that next week we might see some higher pressure starting to build from the west, which could bring us a little bit more in terms of settled nature to our weather at the end of May and could look to continue a more settled theme into the beginning of June.

“To look further ahead at any kind of level and look at specific temperatures and things, it’s a little bit too far ahead at the moment to go into that level of detail.”

This comes as the forecaster has also said that parts of the country could see weather warnings imposed before heavy downpours and unseasonable gales move in from Thursday.

Those who are planning outdoor gatherings this week as coronavirus restrictions ease are being advised to think again due to “significant, windy weather” as the result of a low pressure system over the UK.

This month could be one of the wettest Mays on record, surpassing 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the UK.

However, last year the country experienced its sunniest spring and driest May since records began.

A black rain cloud over plymouth during a thunderstorm
A black rain cloud over plymouth during a thunderstorm
(Image: PlymouthLive)

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said that “changing climates” make changeable conditions and weather extremes “more likely”.

But she said it was “too early” to predict if this month will be the wettest May on record.

Ms Kent said: “Over the next few days, large parts of the UK will see showery conditions with occasional torrential downpours, thunderstorms and even hail.

“Drivers should be very careful as quite a bit of rainfall could lead to some problems on the roads.

“I’d say it’s going to be very unsettled, as some areas will see some sunshine, and be relatively warm, while it’ll be chilly for those who see torrential rain.”

South West England weather forecast

This Evening and Tonight:

Showers ease through the evening as they move eastwards, giving way to a drier night with the occasional scattered shower. Cloud breaks up somewhat to give some clear spells. A group of showers then return into the early hours. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Tuesday:

Frequent showers, occasionally heavy and with a risk of hail and thunder through the day. Into the evening showers become more organised giving more prolonged spells of rain. Maximum temperature 16 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Further showers Wednesday, though lighter and less frequent. Turning unsettled Thursday morning, with strong winds and rain arriving westwards. Staying wet and windy Friday, with a risk of thunder.

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