UK heatwave ends as weather forecasters predict fierce gales and torrential rain

A ferocious jet stream will bring the mini-heatwave to a shivering end as temperatures plunge amid fierce gales and torrential downpours.

Swathes of Britain will wave farewell to the sun this weekend as grey skies and rain sweep in from the Atlantic.

Scotland and northern Britain face the worst of the drenching while southern regions cling on to the warmth.

Thermometers will nudge the mid-20Cs in the southeast while elsewhere will hover between the mid to high-teens.

The UK is also braced for up to four inches of rain over the coming days and 70km/h-plus winds.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “The strengthening of the jet stream increases the chances of low-pressure systems developing over the Atlantic being pushed towards the UK.

“Although there are still some details to be determined on the depth and timings of these lows, what we do know is that there’s some unsettled weather on the way next week, with some strong winds likely from the middle the week, especially in the north.”

The jet stream, which has been wedged north of the UK, will sweep southwards opening the floodgates to a barrage of Atlantic weather systems.

Rainfall charts reveal torrents of rain pounding parts of the country before next week while western regions brace for strong winds.

Southern and central Britain may escape the worst of the hammering where above-average temperatures and clear skies will draw out the summer spell.

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But for most, this week will bring cooler temperatures and the risk of at least the odd downpour.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern told the Express: “A fresher airflow from the west this weekend will bring some fairly mixed conditions with some showers and some longer spells of rain.

“It will feel cool where we have cloudier conditions in Scotland, and here will see heavy showers at tines.

“It is staying largely dry in the southeast into Sunday, with some sunny spells, and temperatures will be a little higher than on Saturday.”

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