Weekend weather forecast: UK storms set to ruin summer holidays

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The storms will postpone the summer until further notice

As thousands of families head off for summer this weeken the weather has different ideas with grey skies and rain in many parts of the UK.

Weekend Weather Forecast: UK Storms Set To Ruin Summer HolidaysGETTY

The storms could ruin the school holidays

Gusts of around 50mph are likely across central Scotland with up to 60mph possible in exposed areas of western Scotland

Chris Burton, forecaster for The Weather Network

And those lucky enough to escape the downpours today were warned they will not be so lucky tomorrow.

The Met Office warned rain would become widespread from Sunday with showers threatening play at London s Lords Cricket ground.

Spokesman Dan Williams said: Saturday is not looking too bad for England and Wales although Scotland will see heavy rain through the day.

On Sunday the rain becomes more widespread and it is staying unsettled through next week.

There is a chance rain could affect play at Lords on Sunday and Monday.

The autumnal picture for the next few days prompted weathermen to warn not to bother with barbecues or suncream.

Although it will feel muggy due to humid Atlantic air, temperatures in the south will struggle to get much above 22C (72F) on Saturday and Sunday.

The north will be cooler still with highs of around 18C (64F) and chilly 60mph gales making it feel even colder around the coasts.

Chris Burton, forecaster for The Weather Network, warned a deep low pressure system threatens a wet and miserable weekend.

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The Ashes test at Lord’s could suffer from the rain

He said Scotland will bear the brunt of the wind and rain with up to three inches expected in a matter of hours.

He said: “A very deep area of low pressure for the time of year will track across north-west Scotland into Saturday morning bringing an unseasonable spell of wet and windy weather to northern areas of the UK.

Gusts of around 50mph are likely across central Scotland with up to 60mph possible in exposed areas of western Scotland.

Scotland will see 25-50mm (1-2in) of rain by the end of Saturday, with as much as 75mm (3in) on higher ground bringing the risk of localised flooding.

The unsettled and changeable weather is set to continue into the start of next week with temperatures fairly disappointing for the time of year too.

Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, blamed a powerful jet stream wedged over the UK for dragging storms in from the Atlantic.

He said: The UK is under the jet stream next week which will keep us in the track of any Atlantic depressions.

It looks like a series of Atlantic low pressure systems will cross the UK later next week and through to early August so we can expect a changeable and sometimes quite windy weather pattern.

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Temperatures will be up and down from day to day, but often cool over the north and nearer normal in the south.

Roads will become a motoring battleground this weekend as 2.6 million holidaymakers begin their summer break.

The RAC s head of external affairs Pete Williams said: Summer Discount Holidays © holiday traffic is going to be concentrated on our roads this coming weekend, causing gridlock and delays for many on the busiest getaway routes.

Our advice is to set the alarm clocks early on Saturday or Sunday and get away before traffic builds.

After a scorching start to the month July is set to fizzle out with below-average temperatures and heavy rain.

All is not lost though with some forecasters promising the warm weather will return before the end of summer.

They say there is even a chance of a repeat of the heatwave which put July 2015 into the record books.

James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said early signs for August show a return of rocketing temperatures.

He said: There have been enough signals to indicate some major heat surges into August that will see many parts of the country basking in some glorious sunshine.

However further north will be more prone to breaks in these settled and warm to hot weather conditions and there is the risk for some additional widespread thunderstorms and lightning at either side of these potential heat surges.

The up and down climate has given Britons something to talk about with new research revealing the weather is the nation s favourite ice breaker .

More than 40 per cent of the nation turns to the topic when meeting a stranger for the first time, according to outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.

Around 70 per cent of those surveyed confessed to finding discussions about the weather interesting.

Former BBC Weather broadcaster Michael Fish said: The UK has always been known as a nation obsessed with the weather, and I believe it is Britain s unpredictable and often wet weather that causes this fixation.

From violent storms to heatwaves, the Great British weather is the perfect conversation topic when at a loss for what to say.

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