BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts ‘heavy and thundery showers’ as temperatures plunge

BBC Weather: Low pressure front set to ‘dominate’ the UK

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Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast that a weather front is “sinking” southwards across the UK and will bring rain to parts of the UK. The BBC meteorologist added that temperatures have dropped in Scotland and the Channel Islands could see 40mph gusts.

Ms Kirkwood said: “We are starting with a lot of cloud coming in from eastern England through the Midlands and Wales.

“That will tend to break up through the day, pressure bringing a weather front is sinking southward, some of the rain on this will be heavy and potentially thundery.

“As it sinks south the cloud ahead of it will turn the sunshine in Northern Ireland and northern England hazy.

“Light winds for most but gusty winds through the English Channel.

“They could be gusting around 40mph around the Channel Islands for example.”

She added: “It is a cooler day in Scotland today compared to yesterday.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast from May 3 to Sunday, May 9, predicted high pressure to push heat towards the UK and Europe.

The BBC forecast stated: “April looks like it will end on a more unsettled note with scattered showers and light winds expected before drier weather develops in early May.

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“As May begins our weather will continue to be influenced by a large area of high pressure, known as a subtropical high.

“As we head into the warmer months of the year, this high will become stronger and larger and tend to be centred near the Azores to the west of Spain and Portugal.

“This year we have unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic which have been helping to build this high earlier than normal.


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“For the first week of May, the sub-tropical high should strengthen and push into Western Europe, which will bring north-westerly winds for a while and help to keep temperatures a bit below average, at least at the start of the week.

“As the high-pressure system shifts east into continental Europe, our cool northerly winds will be cut-off and warmer air from the Atlantic will be able to creep in from the west.

“By the end of the week, temperatures should start to moderate and may be slightly above average.

“Throughout this period, high pressure will tend to keep things rather dry, perhaps even drier than you’d expect at this time of year.”

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