Met Office warns of ‘heavy rain’ for Wales as bleak start to July

Met Office warns of ‘heavy rain’ for Wales as bleak start to July

The Met Office forecast predicts “heavy rain” and “windy” spells for parts of Wales just a week after the country experienced its hottest day of the year. Temperatures reached 27C on Tuesday, June 25, before falling by around 10C days later as an unsettled forecast returned.

But despite June being drier than average, with the UK recording 29% less rainfall than the long-term weather average, July already looks set to get off to a wet start, with most of the country expected to see showers on Wednesday 3 July. Some parts could even see “heavy rainfall” with up to 4mm of rain expected per hour in some parts.

However, despite the wet weather, it still looks set to be quite warm, with highs of 19C on Wednesday and humidity of between 70 and 80% in Cardiff. Wales received 48% less rain than average in June, but temperatures were also slightly cooler than expected for this time of year.

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A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures in the first two weeks of June were around 2C below average. This was due to northerly winds bringing cold Arctic air into the UK in what was a chilly start to the meteorological summer.

“The second half of the month saw high pressure as the jet stream moved northwards, bringing warmth to many, especially in the south. Some areas of south-east England exceeded 28°C for several days.” However, the warm weather was short-lived, with temperatures returning to near or below average in the final days of the month.

Met Office forecast for Wales

Wednesday, July 3

“An unsettled day with showers and longer periods of rain. Often windy, especially around the coasts and in between any heavier showers. Maximum temperature 19°C.”

Forecast for Thursday to Saturday:

“A changeable week with sunny spells on Thursday. Longer spells of rain on Friday and brighter on Saturday with sunny spells and showers. Windy throughout. Temperatures slightly below average.”