UK weather forecast: Met Office reveals when sunshine will return after summer washout

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The summer washout has affected most parts of the UK this week, but warmer weather is on the horizon, according to the Met Office.

Forecasters predict that the unsettled conditions will persist until at least Saturday (July 13). However, many areas can expect a brief respite with warmer temperatures next week, before the gloom is expected to return.

According to the Met Office, heavy rain will persist on Tuesday, although temperatures will remain near average. This wet weather will continue until at least Wednesday morning, but the far south will see a change, becoming drier and warmer, with additional outbreaks of rain expected on Thursday.

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However, things will turn for the better from Saturday onwards, with the northwest remaining the most settled, while the southeast becomes increasingly showery with a low risk of a humid and thundery plume affecting eastern areas initially.

Moving into the new week, a mostly showery westerly breeze will likely establish, said the Met Office, allowing temperatures to recover to around or just above average, with sunnier periods outside of showers, heavy showers, or thunderstorms.

A more settled spell is expected in the southwest mid-week, possibly spreading to much of the UK although this is likely to be brief before a more showery northwest flow resumes, said the Met Office. It added: “Winds after the weekend will be mostly light to moderate, though gusty conditions near heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely.”

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