Midlanders were bracing themselves for soaring temperatures and glorious sunshine this month – but the short-term outlook seems bleak.
Last week, weather reports hinted at a July heatwave with temperatures rising to as high as 27C at times.
Forecasters said the chance of a heatwave was “70 per cent” – with the Met Office hinting it could begin on July 14.
However, this weekend heavy rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for the region with temperatures only reaching 22C at their peak.
The news will dampen the spirits of fans of England who are intending to watch the Ukraine clash on Saturday night outdoors.
The worst of the weather is expected for Saturday afternoon, July 3, in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.
But with England kicking off at 8pm, fans will be desperate that beer gardens and outdoor seating areas at pubs and restaurants stay dry.
Saturday, July 3
Today the Met Office has predicted a cloudy start with outbreaks of heavy showery rain, with some intense bursts through the morning. Sunny spells may develop for the afternoon, with scattered showers then forming, these heavy and potentially thundery at times. Feeling warm. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Heading into the evening daytime showers are expected to gradually fade away, with some late spells of sunshine. Overnight, plenty of clear spells before some patchy cloud spreads from the southwest. Minimum temperature 13 °C
Sunday, July 4
The morning after the match, patchy cloud has been forecasted before heavy, locally thundery showers readily may develop through the morning and continue through the afternoon and into the evening with warm sunny spells in-between. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Monday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 7
Sunny spells with showers early Monday, before turning cloudy with outbreaks of heavy rain later. Windy with outbreaks of rain on Tuesday. Some sunny spells and blustery showers on Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, July 9
The Met Office has suggested Wednesday is likely to be another unsettled day with rain or showers, after this, there is expected to be a trend towards more settled conditions as drier weather moves in from the southwest.
By the end of the week, looking at mostly dry conditions, although southern areas could still see some showers or, possibly, some more prolonged rain, which could be accompanied by stronger winds.
Forecasters have said towards the end of the period things are looking mostly fine and dry, though there remains a chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Many areas are likely to see temperatures trending upwards through the period, with parts of the south potentially becoming very warm.
Winds are looking to remain light across the UK for most of the period.
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