HEAVY DOWNPOURS are set to ravage Britain over the weekend as temperatures across the weekend fail to reach the sweltering highs of last week, the Met Office has forecast.
Meteorologist warned Friday will start off “chilly” and a band of rain will start to creep its way across the country from the west.
He stated: “A chilly start to Friday but further west the breeze will pick up towards the end of Friday night and that will avoid the particularly chilly temperatures.
“However, it will mean that it’s a blustery start to Friday and for Northern Ireland and then for western Scotland as well as west Wales and Cornwall, rain sets in.
“That rain will be generally slow moving and heavy in places, it’s going to bring a wet afternoon for western parts of the UK.
“Further east however clear skies generally will remain throughout the day, a lot of fine weather, sunny spells but some high levels of cloud will push their way eastwards through Friday afternoon and as the breeze picks up it perhaps won’t feel quite as warm for say south-eastern parts of the country compared to Thursday.”
Mr McGivern declared temperatures will reach the “mid to high teens” as figures pale in comparison to May’s early heatwave.
The meteorologist went on: “Temperatures will be mid to high teens, fairly typical for the time of year.
“Friday evening if you are stepping out, wet weather in the west pushes its way eastwards and eventually it becomes confined to north-east Scotland.
“Skies will clear elsewhere will mean that once again temperatures will fall and there will be perhaps a chill in the air for some sheltered spots first thing on Saturday.
“But it will be a blustery end to the night for the north-east and showers will be present in the far south-west.
“Showers will become a dominant feature in the weather across much of the country through the course of the weekend.”
The Met Office forecaster discussed an area of low pressure that will approach the UK and bring “heavy showers” across parts of the nation.
He remarked: “An area of low pressure is creeping towards the UK and it carries a new weather front.
“Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England will see heavy showers setting in from the word go on Saturday in combination with sunny spells.
“However there will be plenty of dry and bright weather in-between.
“So it is not a washout through the weekend but there will be heavy downpours around.”
Following the forecasted spell of wet weather, bookmaker Coral has cut its odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record.
The company’s John Hill commented: “The country is set to be battered with thunder storms later this week and as a result we have been flooded with bets on this month ending as the wettest May on record where the odds have been slashed.
“The weather should improve for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day and the current odds suggest temperatures will hit over 20 degrees.”