The Met Office warned Britons they will wake up on Thursday with chilling temperatures, as a wave of cooler air starts plaguing the nation, threatening numerous areas with heavy showers, especially this weekend.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern described the conditions for Thursday saying “there will be some sunshine still” but showers will develop.
In particular, the forecaster warned some parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be characterised by extremely unsettled conditions.
He said: “The dull and damp weather in Wales and West Midlands sticks around in the afternoon.
“Far North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are characterised by very showery conditions.
“We could even see some hail and thunderstorm.”
As we move into Thursday evening, Mr McGivern noted we will see some clear spells but temperatures will fall away.
He said: “Temperatures will dip into these single figures in many sheltered spots.”
Although the Met meteorologist admitted the UK will see a “fair amount of sunshine” on Friday through central areas of England, “plenty of rain” and strong winds will swiftly return to characterise the weekend.
Met Office spokesman Richard Miles described the conditions for the weekend saying: “From Friday it will be cloudy and showery with some prolonged outbreaks of rain as a low-pressure system moves into the UK from the North Sea.
“There will also be some strong winds particularly around western coasts and across northern Britain.
“It is a similar picture for Saturday and Sunday with the heaviest rain expected over high ground in the west although these showers will move eastwards.
“Monday is looking like bringing more of the same as frontal systems push across central and southern areas.
“However, the southeast is likely to stay drier and warmer as warm air moves in from the west driven by quite a strong jet from the Atlantic.”
Weather models show gusts reaching near gale-force along the western and eastern coasts and parts of northern England in the coming days.
Downpours could get to an inch of rain in parts of western England, parts of the north, and Scotland.