Slow moving heavy showers this week

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Just a heads up, especially for those that have been lulled into a sense of summer. After today there looks to be lots of heavy slow moving showers likely. Some of them could be come quite thundery/haily by nature. I think tht wednesday/thursday look like the peak wet days and I wouldnt be surprised to seem some localised high rainfall values pretty much anywhere but perhaps with a focus on the NW and east Wales/west England.

magimedi Mon 19-May-14 10:29:50

flowers Kitten.

Knew it was too good to last!


Is Whit week going to be a washout I wonder?

VenusDeWillendorf Mon 19-May-14 10:39:49

It's not too cold though, so we know it's summer!!

picnicbasketcase Mon 19-May-14 10:39:55

Bugger. How's half term looking? Meant to be going camping hmm

trikken Mon 19-May-14 10:41:13

Oh poo. Just bought myself flipflops. I dont want to crack my boots back out!

digerd Mon 19-May-14 10:43:25

I heard on TV today that the sunny hot weather is to stay until the weekend in southern parts.
My cold house has now come into its own - lovely and cool indoors and too hot out for me already. With front and back doors open I have a cold draught.
Will sort out some more clothes/boots for the charity pick up on

GloriaSmud Mon 19-May-14 12:01:33

22C here (Leicester) at the moment. 'Tis quite warm with a nice breeze.

There are going to be a lot of disappointed people then Digerd. Weather basically goes back to how it was last week before the hot weather but perhaps with some heavy down pours mid week.

little rain warning for strathclyde

At the moment half term looks cool and unsettled sad

digerd Mon 19-May-14 18:34:36

Just now the TV has said tomorrow will be cooler and wetter. Actually it is usual to have rain when the roses are blooming but had expected/hoped for another week at least.
It was gorgeous today with a refreshing breeze.

trikken Mon 19-May-14 19:41:21

Raining here since mid afternoon. Shame cos it was a lovely morning.

GloriaSmud Mon 19-May-14 20:47:25

Still a humid 20C here <melts a bit>
Someone on met-monkey posted this real time lightning map ~ might come in useful over the next few days! Or there's always the netweather one, which is looking quite colourful at the moment.

today's rain warnings

Thanks for the link Gloria smile

Huge differences in temps between the met office forecast and the radio 4 one this morning (6 or so degrees in some places). If the radio 4 ones are correct then I'd expect some cracking storms today.

GloriaSmud Tue 20-May-14 08:00:22

We woke up this morning to one of those skies that looks like a thunder storm might be on its way and sure enough, an hour later, the sky had darkened and we'd got a thundery shower but with only one rumble of thunder. It's fascinating to see but it looks like our lone lightning strike is showing up on my links, just to the west of Leicester!

Very dark here this morning, and cooler.

On the way back from school it tried to rain - big drops but not enough to wet the ground.

It does feel "thundery".

digerd Tue 20-May-14 10:27:16

Rained a bit in the night but today is bright and sunny, also fresh air and not sultry/humid.

BlackeyedSusan Tue 20-May-14 12:05:28

we had a shower go through this morning before 7 am. seems a bit freshernow. there is ahumdinger of a storm over the Ukraine at the moment on Gloria's link. and one in the bristol channel. seems I am not going to getmuch work done today.

Rain warnings for the SW for thursday here

BlewShews Tue 20-May-14 13:04:23

MIL says they always give wrong forecasts for thus weekend. If they said it will be sunny then the motorways block, if they say rain then nobody goes anywhere to spend money. Hmm I'm not sure.
Prefer my son's plan. Read all the forecasts until you find one you like. smile

We had no rain after the few drops this morning.

It has alternated between overcast and sunny all day, though not quite as warm as yesterday.

It has just started raining here now, heavy but refreshing!

GloriaSmud Wed 21-May-14 09:49:28

A warmish 20.3C here.
Had a thundery shower yesterday evening but apart from our lone rumble of thunder yesterday morning, that's been it when it comes to thunderstorms so far this week.

So far its been rather dry here! extended heavy rain warning area for tomorrow with lots of potential for thunderstorms.

digerd Wed 21-May-14 15:41:11

Dry here too today. Cloudier and a little cooler but still 20 degrees out atm. We could do with more rain,< in the night> but no more stormy winds please. Hundreds of more rose buds to open yet on my climbing rose arches.

GloriaSmud Wed 21-May-14 21:15:46

Some cracking storms look like they're going on over France at the moment. There seems to be some debate on a few weather messageboards as to whether there are going to be proper storms tonight or whether it'll just be heavy rain. Our rain is due to start at 1am ish and we're under the yellow warning so we'll see.

I have no feel for whether the system will hold together as it comes over here.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 21-May-14 22:59:24

the storms seem to have gone from SW to NE across france this evening, there have been a few skirting our coast but nothing over here that I have seen at least.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 21-May-14 23:01:30

there have been storms over the ukrain earlier and now therre are some big ones over indiana/ohio

I was about to post that we didn't get the forecast rain last night but actually we had almost 9mm since midnight. Very little evidence this morning, damp paths but lots of sunshine.

Late afternoon/evening there is potential for some decent storms, esp I think in the midlands but pretty much anywhere in England.

GloriaSmud Thu 22-May-14 09:24:09

We've had lots of rain too ~ 13.2mm in the last 24hrs. It's still humid so hoping for a thunderstorm or two later!

trikken Thu 22-May-14 11:18:20

Lots of rain in dorset from about midnight, dry but cloudy for the school run and think its a bit rainy again now but not pouring.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 22-May-14 11:25:48

it rained last night. I have a soggy bum. I left the window open on the hire car. I am gutted but exceptionally relieved that the damn thing was not stolen.

trikken Thu 22-May-14 12:04:55


trikken Thu 22-May-14 12:05:41

Its absolutely hammering down now though.

Any reports from the IOW? Interesting looking cell there.

Meglet Fri 23-May-14 12:54:44

OYBBK you said the half term might be a bit soggy, is there any sign of this weather shifting in the second half of the week or next weekend?

No, sorry Meglet, it looks to carry on the theme into next weekend.

AlpacaLypse Fri 23-May-14 13:12:49


Not IOW, sorry (you need MrsDavidCaruso, the Penguin Bollard Queen, for that location!)

I can tell you that it's been raining, sometimes light, sometimes heavy, all day so far in NE Wilts and showing no sign of stopping.

So should we hang fire on the vague plan involving tents and a friend's field near Bridport next Tuesday-Friday?

Meglet Fri 23-May-14 14:46:43

<<mentally crosses out outdoor plans for the end of half term week>>

GloriaSmud Fri 23-May-14 20:15:01

Looking at the weather forecast, I'm not surprised to see this weather warning in place for tomorrow.

Oh dear, DS2 is at his first 3 night cub camp under canvas this weekend.

Dd is camping tomorrow night grin

I wouldn't cancel plans for next week yet, I think there is still potential for an improving forecast.

AlpacaLypse Fri 23-May-14 23:08:42

Ok I'll leave it open!

<worships ground OYBBK walks on, once again!>

GloriaSmud Sat 24-May-14 08:24:01

Oh dear, poor campers. I couldn't help thinking of this trailer!

Oh please don't do that Alpaca! Will keep you updated though smile
It does still look unsettled through the week, maybe easing off a little mid week. Tomorrow is lovely though, hooray for tomorrow!

grin Gloria!

paddingtonbear1 Sat 24-May-14 11:17:52

OYBBK - any idea yet what it might be like the first week of June?
We're going to Wales that week (dd has 2 weeks off for half term), and could do without it being too wet.. we're not camping, but are hoping to do some cycling and hill walking!

At the moment I'm afraid it looks really unsettled paddington sad

GloriaSmud Sat 24-May-14 16:49:58

After a very wet morning, it's been a fairly decent afternoon here and it's warmed up to 17C. There are some excellent thunder storms showing up over Europe at the moment!

MegBusset Sat 24-May-14 16:53:19

It has been a gorgeous afternoon here smile

MegBusset Sat 24-May-14 16:53:52


OMG it has been foul all day here in Worcestershire, but now the sun has just come out. At one point there were rivers of water on the road. Just horrible.

paddingtonbear1 Sat 24-May-14 23:28:20

I mustn't forget to pack the waterproofs for Wales then...
We were lucky last year, the same week was hot and sunny!
This afternoon in Manchester has been very wet. It brightened up early eve though.

Absolutely no guarantees but thurs through Saturday doesn't look too terrible on the latest GFS. The following week still looks unsettled.

It's peeing it down again. <wails>

NationMcKinley Sun 25-May-14 09:16:48

OYBBK (a phrase I use a lot with Dkitten), once you've polished your crystal ball and other forecasting equipment do you know what next Monday and Tuesday (June 2nd & 3rd) are likely to be like? We're off to Lego Land for a couple of days. Thank you! flowerscake & wine to cover all bases!

We need an [umbrella] emoticon.

MegBusset Sun 25-May-14 09:28:51

Sunny and warm today, we're off to the beach <smug>

Where are you Meg? Where is all the nice weather? envy

digerd Sun 25-May-14 12:47:12

Been sunny all day today after yesterday's pelting down all morning.
But windy and 19 degrees only.

MegBusset Sun 25-May-14 13:02:54

North Norfolk, tis always sunny here

digerd Mon 26-May-14 06:47:03

Poured with rain in the night and still raining. only 18.5 in my sitting room, 10 degrees outsad
Rose arch fallen down again worse than in the storms sad < and fed up>

Perihelion Mon 26-May-14 09:37:13

22mm of rain in 4 hours in Edinburgh yesterday. A bit wet....

Meg Norfolk is on my holiday possibility list for August so glad to hear that. smile

It's sunny here today! Hurrah!

Wet wet wet this morning and for much of the rest of the day.

Nation - sadly at the moment it looks wet sad

Why dont we have an umbrella emoticon?

GloriaSmud Mon 26-May-14 18:07:23

'Orribly wet and miserable today. The forecast for us when I got up was for rain from midday onwards so on that basis, I went to the allotment at 9.45ish to do a few hours work before the rain started. From the moment I got there, it started raining and apart from a few minutes here and there during the day, it hasn't stopped. Tomorrow doesn't look much better and we're (just about) under the weather warning issued for tomorrow.

I would definitely like an umbrella emoticon at the moment! <wrings out wet clothes and pours another wine>

digerd Mon 26-May-14 18:14:07

Well, it did stop raining for a while late morning but has just started againconfused.
At least got my and DDs lawn cut by gardener, my rose arch standing up with many adjustments made - the most successful being to tie one side to the pergola cross bar hmm.
Also, I climbed the wobbly ladder while gardener held it steady and I emptied the clogged gutter and some of the muck fell on his headgrin

I do hate a soggy garden and slipped on the wet petals on the bridge over the pond - SIGH. It can stop raining now!!

It is a very slowly improving picture after wednesday that could last until next tuesday/wednesday. Not totally dry, but not terrible. Weekend looks pretty ok smile

digerd Mon 26-May-14 18:17:25

Do hope it is dry at 9.15 on Wednesday morning as walking to dance hall for 4 minutes.

GloriaSmud Mon 26-May-14 18:33:31

digerd ~ Lol at all the stuff falling on your gardener's head!
I had an attempt at clearing out our gutters a few months ago when I rigged together a "contraption" that involved an extendable window cleaning pole, gaffer tape and a clothes hanger, to 'hook' the muck out of the gutter. Only thing was that a lot of the 'muck' came out of the gutter, splattered/bounced off the conservatory roof and ended up all over me.
Oh how DH laughed! hmm grin
Hope you're OK after slipping on those wet petals.

Argh, rain forecast really pepped up today.

warnings for the east

digerd Tue 27-May-14 11:33:18

You sound ingenius and very brave. I live in a bungalow and until a few years ago I used to do it every summer with a ladder. Now I'm too old to be safe on a wobbly ladder and my window cleaners ususally do it.

Already got my waterproof over trousers out ready for tomorrow morning, just haven't yet decided on which raincoat to wear.
Have a see -through golf umbrella which covers my shoulders in a dome shape with bright pink trims to cheer me upgrin

GloriaSmud Tue 27-May-14 11:43:37

'Tis grim out there ~ we've had 8.1mm of rain so far today and it's not very warm ~ 13.2C <shivers>

GloriaSmud Tue 27-May-14 11:58:54

digerd ~ I'd never get on one of those really tall ladders to clean gutters so I used one of those smaller 6ft/decorating type ones that open out to make a pyramid shape and along with the extendable window cleaning pole, the whole thing sort of worked. I think there's still some moss/muck in them though so might have another go later in the year. Anything to avoid the £60 I was quoted by one doorstep person to clean them out a few months ago shock

paddingtonbear1 Tue 27-May-14 13:54:33

I could cope with 'not terrible'.
Yesterday was lovely here (Manchester area).
Today, not so great, but it's not raining at the moment.

digerd Wed 28-May-14 06:44:32

�60 seems a lot but depends on how many meters of guttering you have.
I have only my frontage done which is about 7 m and costs �5 which I think is a rip off so get him to clean it as well. < clean means a wipe down only>.

It poured at 3am but is now having a break and hope it stays that way for 9.15hmm

digerd Thu 29-May-14 06:14:37

Another grey, soggy day atm but not raining. I had ants taking shelter from the wet in my bedroom. Been living here 17 years and never had that happen beforeconfused

Meglet Thu 29-May-14 06:44:45

The water table is still high. We have a park in the town centre that took the brunt of the winter floods and it took 2 months for the water to drop. The stream has started to rise and widen again. It can't cope with any rainfall without starting to break its banks.

We really need a dry summer now don't we.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 29-May-14 13:00:38

OYBBK please could you look into your crystal ball and tell me if there are likely to be any heavy showers in the East Midlands in the next few days (as opposed to the 24/7 drizzle that we have had for the last few days)? flowers

I have a leaking roof which is dripping a little, but is likely to go horribly wrong if we get a really heavy downpour.

Am I alone in finding the weather forecasts totally unreliable at the moment? I use the Met Office and Netweather apps and they keep telling me that it is not raining when it is. We've had pretty much non-stop rain since Friday and the rivers are almost at flooding point.

Orangeanddemons Thu 29-May-14 14:37:35

It's not stopped raining here since Saturday afternoon. Am mighty pissed of with it. I think it stopped briefly on Tuesday for a bit, but has been peeing down without a break since Tuesday night.

I seem to remember this time of year was always sunny in the past apart from the last few years. Is it the jet stream again?

The models just aren't handling it properly. Tuesday ended up being much wetter than Monday nights models had indicated. You should have dry for a few days now til Sunday night when the rain reappears.

The problem is a large area of low pressure to our SW and a corresponding one to the NE. The weather systems are being forced between them.

I'm so heartily sick of this. Looked out of my window and discovered that all of my lovely plants that I put in two months ago have vanished to slugs over night and instead I have a garden of a billion weeds.

ajandjjmum Thu 29-May-14 14:53:02

Kitten - you're already a legend in our house!

DD is having a garden party for her 21st on Saturday (West Midlands) - should I be rushing around buying every gazebo available do you think?

Aj at the moment there looks to be a small chance of showers, so she would be pretty unlucky to catch one especially if you are towards Manchester rather than further south say Birmingham.

ajandjjmum Thu 29-May-14 18:22:27

Thanks Kitten - just slightly north of Birmingham, so fingers crossed!

I'm out al day tomorrow but if you give me a prod I'll try and remember to update!

ajandjjmum Thu 29-May-14 20:07:04

Bless your heart Kitten - it feels damp and cold here now - DH is questioning the sanity of anyone who plans a garden party in May in the UK (he has a point - but it was his idea!).

Be really grateful for any update. smile

Oybbk why is it raining across Europe?! I'm going on holiday in ten days and the weather just says rain rain rain <sob> please can you fix this with your magic weather powers wink

Its those stupid stubborn high pressures and a pathetic jet stream funneling in between - you can see it here press the >> to move it on.

Moscow seems to be the place to go at the moment!!

I'm going to Greece!


Aj looking good for tomorrow evening smile

ajandjjmum Fri 30-May-14 20:10:17

Thanks Kitten.

ajandjjmum Sun 01-Jun-14 14:21:31

It was lovely - bit cloudy in the morning, but lots of sunny breaks in the afternoon. So we all enjoyed a chilled afternoon with no threat of rain.
Thanks for arranging that Kitten! grin

You are very welcome grin

digerd Mon 02-Jun-14 08:55:10

Sunday was lovely all day and the overcast sky is trying its best to break up now. 18 degrees helped by the occasional bits of hazy sunshine. smile

We could be moving into a period of thunderstorms from Saturday onwards, still unsettled but with some warmth creeping into the SE it could get 'interesting'.

Oh no oybbk! There's a yellow weather warning out for rain Saturday and it's our lovely village fete! (I only go for the BBQ and pimms wink)

GloriaSmud Tue 03-Jun-14 16:50:41

I thought Saturday could be 'interesting' when I saw the weather forecast at lunchtime and I see that the metoffice have got a weather warning out for it already. Think I'll give the allotment a miss that day!

GloriaSmud Tue 03-Jun-14 21:08:20

Oh my ~ that's a big warning area shock

I think it will be hugely refined depending on exactly where the warm plume ends up. Thank goodness. For some it might be quite a pleasant day!

GloriaSmud Wed 04-Jun-14 09:41:45

I thought some refining might come in (about Saturday) at a later stage.

It's 'orrible out there today. Rain's eased a bit since 8am when it was throwing it down ~ I think someone used the expression a week or so back that it was 'horsing it down', which describes what it was like (and is a phrase that I would like to see added to the metoffice's official meteorological vocabulary!) It's also a chilly 11.8C so not very warm.

WandaFuca Wed 04-Jun-14 18:17:36

Thunder and lightning, rain, hailstones, very windy, and noticeable temperature drop.



Perihelion Thu 05-Jun-14 01:27:39

Saturday's weather warning is fine as it it.....doesn't reach Edinburgh and my pal's wedding grin. Did we have a weather warning for today ( Wed ) ? If not we should have. Pishing down......

All over my fb people are posting a link from the express going on about the worst hail storm in 170 years hmmhmm

Oh I know spotty. Driving me mad. Why on earth do they think that all of a sudden the Express is going to be right?

There wasn't a warnng yesterday perihelion despite various cloud burst attempts to drown us!

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