Floods and downpours in Wales are set to dampen the start of the school summer holidays after a severe weather warning was issued for most of the country.
The yellow warning for rain advises that further heavy rain on Saturday could lead to some localised flooding, with the Met Office predicting 30mm of rain could fall “in two to three hours”.
It also predicts the next few weeks not to be much better either.
It comes after schools in Wales broke up for their summer holidays on Friday and families hoping to enjoy any period of prolonged British sunshine may have to wait until later in August.
The Met Office’s chief forecaster said the yellow warning was in place until around 10pm on Saturday.
The assessment read: “Heavy showers will affect many parts through today. Some of these showers will be thundery and quite prolonged, though not on a scale of that experienced earlier this week.
“Whilst most places will miss the very heaviest showers, locally 15 mm of rain may fall in an hour and very locally 30 mm rain could fall in two or three hours. Today’s showers will then slowly start to fade away this evening. Lightning could be an additional hazard.”
What will the weather be like on Saturday evening and Sunday?
The Met Office says like the coming few weeks, Saturday and Sunday’s weather will be changeable, with scattered thundery showers thrown in.
A spokesman said: “The rest of Saturday and Sunday will see quite a bit of sunshine and a lot of dry weather for a time. But then showers will form late morning Sunday and into the afternoon.
“There is also a risk of heavy showers that could turn thundery. Temperatures tonight will be around 10C.
“Sunday’s showers will probably not be as heavy or as wide spread as Saturday’s. Sunday will see a gentle westerly wind for much of the day and it should feel a little bit warmer, with temperatures reaching 20C or 21C, around about average for the time of year.
“When the sun is out it should feel quite pleasant.”
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What will the weather be like from Monday to Thursday?
The Met Office thinks some more settled weather is expected through Monday and Tuesday with some good spells of sunshine and isolated showers. Rain will arrive from the west on Wednesday, turning more unsettled.
A spokesman said: “It’s a changeable picture. There will be high pressure on Monday and Tuesday, brighter, and feeling a little bit warmer as well.
“But that will only be temporary and low pressure will set in on Wednesday from the west, which will see much more unsettled conditions.
“Thursday will see more high pressure, with a fresher feel and the winds north-westerly.”
And for the next few weeks?
It’s not that promising unfortunately and forecasters are also warning of a damp start to August.
The spokesman continued: “Beyond Thursday, there is no sign of any sustained warm weather for the next couple of weeks. Some warm sunshine but all set within other periods of rain.”