Published On: Sat, Jun 6th, 2020

BBC weather forecast: Temperatures plunge as Scandinavian freeze sweeps UK over weekend | Weather | News

The latest BBC forecast has revealed “unusually windy” weather from Scandinavia wreaking havoc across the UK this weekend. The change in weather will bring temperatures down to single figures, with the Met Office also issuing a thunderstorm warning. In light of the drastic weather shift, Government ministers have urged Britons not to move outdoor gatherings indoors as a result of the weather, due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions. 

BBC meteorologist Darren Bett said that this weekend will be “cool and unusually windy,” with the weather set to remain “unsettled” for the next week as well.

He told BBC Breakfast viewers: “The satellite shows we have a swirl of cloud wrapping itself around an area of low pressure and that will drift itself down southward.

“That will see a band of rain moving southwards, with quite a lot of rain already in Scotland and Northern Ireland this morning.

“Behind that will be a bit of sunshine but also some blustery showers.”

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Bett said that temperatures could reach 18C or 19C in central England, but elsewhere temperatures will struggle.

He continued: “It will be unusually windy in the south- west this afternoon with gusts of more than 45 mph.

“We could also see some thunderstorm showers for eastern England.”

The Met Office warned that an “unseasonably deep low-pressure system” sweeping south from Scandinavia will unleash heavy showers, strong gales and colder temperatures across the country.

Mr Griffiths added: “Heavy rainfall will continue moving southward on Sunday, but the day will become drier and brighter in the north-west as the day moves on. The south-east will be the wettest region by the afternoon.

“Overall it will be the warmer day of the two and showers will begin to fade away by the evening for most.

“This is because of an unseasonably deep low pressure system in the North Sea moving in from the Scandinavian countries.”

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the public not to move gatherings indoors if it rains.

This is the first weekend since lockdown eased, enabling people to meet in groups up to six in private gardens and outdoors.

The weekend forecast contrasts with the weather in May, where temperatures reached 29C and the UK experienced its sunniest spring season on record.

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