A yellow severe weather warning for thunderstorms has been introduced for various areas across the country
The UK is currently experiencing one of the hottest summer in living memory.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Will it rain in the UK today?
Yes, today (Monday 15 August) rain is forecast across the UK.
In the north there will be heavy rain at times, in the south sunny periods and heavy thunderstorms.
It is expected to rain as far south as London and Cardiff and as far north as Edinburgh and Inverness, also hitting Belfast.
Experts also say that showers can temporarily turn into longer periods of heavy rain.
The Met Office forecast states: “More choppy and cloudy, although also some sunshine, particularly in the south-eastern areas of the UK where it remains hot.
“Showers and thunderstorms continue to spread into the afternoon, although some fragments are escaping. Less hot for many, feels cool in wetter northern areas.
“Thunderstorms will begin to ease in England and Wales tonight, although some will persist and may intensify later.
“Scotland sees more general rain, rain in Northern Ireland tends to be lighter. Still relatively warm.”
When will it rain this week?
When it rains this week depends on which part of the UK you live in.
However, the bulk of the forecast rain is expected to fall between Monday 15th August and Wednesday 17th August.
Where does the worst rain come from?
The north is expected to be hit hardest by the rain.
The warning began at midnight on Monday, August 15 and will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17.
The severe weather warning applies to:
- Central Scotland
- Tayside and Fife
- Highland and Eilean Siar
- Northern Ireland
- SW Scotland
- Lothian borders
- East Midlands
- East of England
- London and South East England
- North East England
- North West England
- South West England
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire and Humber
How can I use the rain radar map to tell if it’s going to rain in my area today?
You can visit the Met Office website for a more detailed forecast for your area.
The Met Office provides a daily precipitation forecast, updating every hour where rain can be expected today and tomorrow.
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 the rain today or tomorrow will be persistent or more sporadic.
How can I track the rain in my area and across the country?
You can use the new one Met Office Weather Map to see what the weather is like in your area and how the weather is forecast for the rest of the day – and also for the rest of the week.
How much rain is forecast?
Rain can be forecast across Britain today but anyone who was hoping for a large amount of rain will be disappointed.
Most of the country can only expect around 0.01 to 0.5 mm of rain per hour today
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.
There were a few short rainy spells in the first days of August, but there has been no significant rainfall since May 2022.