Heavy showers and strong winds have replaced the summer sunshine over the past two weeks, with sizzling temperatures becoming a distant memory.
It’s not long ago that there were highs of 30C in the South West and there’s still a chance they could reappear.
Predictions from the Met Office say hotter weather could make a second appearance towards the end of the month.
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But before that happens there’s more rain in store for the Somerset region with possible thunderstorms in Yeovil from 6pm, heavy showers in Taunton in the early evening and showers in the afternoon to evening in Bridgwater.
Meanwhile weather conditions in the South West will be drying up by Friday, with temperatures hovering around the 21C mark.
The latest forecast for the rest of the week looks like this:
South West forecast
Today: Outbreaks of heavy rain clearing east this morning, with a mixture of sunshine and scattered showers following. The showers possibly heavy at times, especially in the afternoon. Breezy across the region, especially along coastal areas. Maximum temperature 21 C.
Tonight: Daytime showers ease into the evening, leading to a dry night. With skies clearing, it will feel cooler, particularly in the south of the region. Minimum temperature 9 °C.
Tuesday: Cloudy start to Tuesday, with sunny spells and a few scattered showers, less frequent than recently, that ease into the afternoon. Feeling a little warmer than Monday with light winds. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: A cool and fine start to Wednesday, becoming cloudy with some drizzle in the west. Rain moving across the region on Thursday, clearing by the evening. Much drier on Friday.
Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 22: An unsettled start to the period bringing heavy thundery showers across the north and northwestern areas while remaining largely dry elsewhere with sunny spells. By the weekend there is an increasing likelihood of thicker cloud bringing further rain and stronger winds to northwestern areas, with drier and brighter conditions across the southeast.
Beyond this it is likely to remain changeable; confidence is low in terms of detail, but most places will likely see showers or longer rain spells, interspersed with some drier, more settled periods, these likely becoming more common toward the end of this period. Strong winds are possible at times, especially in the northwest. Temperatures likely to be around average, perhaps warm in the east and southeast.
Monday, August 23 to Monday, September 6: Although confidence is very low through this period, a general trend towards more settled conditions is likely.
Somewhat unsettled and changeable conditions are most likely to remain in place at the start of the period, with these looking to give way to more settled, drier conditions by the end. Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for hotter weather later in the month.