Thunderstorms and strong winds to lash Brits in miserable ‘two-week washout’

Hopes of an Indian summer may have to be put on the back burner after forecast experts predict up to a fortnight of thunderstorms and strong winds coming our way.

September is often viewed as the last hope for an extra boost of sunshine before autumn brings darker nights and colder weather.

However, weather boffins at the Met Office have signalled that it will be more likely that Brits reach for the umbrella this September than the sun lotion.

In the Met Office's long-range weather forecast between Monday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 15 showers or longer spells of rain are "likely".

The Met Office predicts that September will see weather become "less settled" and thunderstorms will be "mixed in" with the heavy rain.

The Met Office said: "Showers or longer spells of rain are likely, the focus of these perhaps across western areas, while some parts of the east may well hang on to largely dry conditions for much of this period."

As well as the storms and rain there is likely to also be strong winds at this time too.

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"It will also be windy at times, this particularly so around some southern and western coasts and over the hills," the weather agency added.

It is however the chance of thunderstorms in September that will be of most concern to people in affected areas.

"There is the potential for some of the rain to be heavy at times, with the risk of some thunderstorms mixed in," the experts concluded.

The UK as a whole has had its ninth hottest summer on record, with an average of 15.28°C according to the Met Office.

It may not have felt it but this was the hottest summer for the UK since 2018.

While 2019 and 2020 both experienced extreme heatwave events, in contrast 2021 temperatures reached a peak of 32.2°C at Heathrow on July 20.

However, relatively high temperatures in June and July, coupled with persistently high minimum temperatures and relative warmth across the north of the UK have pushed this year up the rankings.

Head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, Dr Mark McCarthy, said: “Summer 2021 will be remembered very differently depending on where you are in the UK, with record-breaking warm conditions in parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland, while in the south and east it’s been much duller and wetter.

"There have been several notable weather events through the summer, including a new temperature record for Northern Ireland and Storm Evert which brought strong winds and heavy rain across England and Wales and extreme rainfall in the south east.”

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