When will it rain in the UK? When is it going to rain next?

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There are now fears of a drought due to the lack of rainfall over the past four months

That United Kingdom is preparing for it another heat waveas temperatures are expected to get hotter again.

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The persistent hot weather in Britain which peaked a historic 40c temperature recorded during a two-day heatwave on July 18-19 has also resulted in a serious lack of rainfall.

In fact, some parts of the UK experienced the lowest rainfall in July since Met Office records began nearly 200 years ago in 1836.

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August marks the fourth month that parts of the UK have had little to no rain, according to government rainfall logs.

There is now fear of droughtas water levels in rivers and reservoirs fall to their lowest levels since the great heat wave of 1976.

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So it’s no wonder everyone is asking the same question: When will it rain again in the UK?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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The Met Office has warned that “very little significant rain” is forecast in the UK in the coming weeks.

When will it rain next in the UK?

When we’ll next see rain will depend on where in the UK you live, experts say.

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Those in the north should expect showers from Monday 15th August, although thunderstorms are possible in the south.

The Met Office long-term forecast reads: ‘Mainly dry and calm weather is likely to continue into the weekend (13/14 August) and into next week for most.

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“Most precipitation is expected in the north, but there is also a small risk of thunderstorms developing in the south.

“Temperatures are likely to be very warm, locally hot for much of England and Wales especially in the southern parts, but closer to normal while still warm elsewhere.”

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More rain is expected across the UK in the final weeks of August and there is an increased chance of thunderstorms in the south.

Met Office experts explain: “The second half of August could see a departure from previously stable conditions for many, with occasional bouts of unsettled weather over the northern and western parts and an increased likelihood of thunderstorms in the south.

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“As the period progresses, the unsettled conditions may at times spread further south and east, although the north and west are likely to still see the most rainfall.”

The amount of rain that fell in July 2022 was the lowest nationwide since 1984, averaging 37.7 mm or 1.5 inches of rain.

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The final month was also the eighth driest on records dating back to 1836.

What did the Met Office say?

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Steve Willington, Met Office chief forecaster, said: “While the high pressure builds up, there is very little meaningful rain in the forecast, particularly in areas of southern England that have experienced very dry conditions over the last month.

“Elsewhere in the UK, such as northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, rain-carrying weather fronts will make limited headway against the high pressure and bring some rain to the north-west parts of the UK.”

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He added: “July precipitation was not evenly distributed, as is often the case in the UK, although the contrast was greater than usual.”

England had just 35 per cent (23.1mm) of its average July 2022 rainfall, Wales 53 per cent (52mm), Northern Ireland 51 per cent (45.8mm) and Scotland led the reckoning with 81 per cent (83.6mm). .

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Will it rain in the UK today?

The Met Office provides a daily precipitation forecast, updating every hour where rain can be expected today and tomorrow.

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There’s also a precipitation map that shows you where in the country it’s going to rain today.

The map can also be used to determine whether today’s or tomorrow’s rain will be persistent or more sporadic.

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What temperatures are expected in the UK?

Temperatures are likely to remain high throughout August.

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The Met Office’s long-term forecast reads: “Temperatures will be between average and warm for most and likely to be warm or very warm in the south, where it will also be humid at times.”

It is the combination of warm air mixed with cooler air that can occur when it rains that can cause thunderstorms as this weather phenomenon occurs when warm air is present underneath much colder air.

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When was the last time it rained in the UK?

The last time it rained in the UK depends on where in the country you live.

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There were a few short rainy spells in the first days of August, but there has been no significant rainfall since May 2022.

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