Weather: Britain expected to be warmer than France, Portugal and Spain ahead of thunderstorms and rain
Brits are set to enjoy one last summer blast this weekend before thunderstorms and heavy rain hit much of the UK, fearing the annual Isle of Wight festival could be put to the test .
Parts of the country, including the capital, are bathed in late September Friday sunshine with temperatures reaching 75F and warmer than tourist hot spots in Nice in France (73F), Madrid in Spain (66F) and Faro in Portugal ( 71F).
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the weekend over fears of localized flooding and power cuts, with more than 40mm of rain expected to hit much of the UK from Sunday.
Brits are being warned to prepare for fall showers on Saturday and Sunday as temperatures drop to 64F by the end of next week as our brief summer draws to a close.
And that has raised fears that the annual Isle of Wight festival, which runs from Thursday, September 16 through Sunday, September 19, will end with a disappointing end to the summer festival season.
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the weekend over fears of localized flooding and power cuts, with more than 40mm of rain expected to hit much of the UK from Sunday
The weather warning has raised fears that the annual Isle of Wight festival, which runs from Thursday September 16 to Sunday September 19, will end with a disappointing end to the summer festival season. Above: Party people at Seaclose Park, Newport
Brits can bask in a final 75F summer heat wave today before downpours and gales hit parts of the country at the weekend
The revelers had enjoyed a sunny start to the Isle of Wight festival. Pictured: A pair of girls pose for photos at Seaclose Park, Newport on Thursday, September 16
Festival footage shows festival-goers wearing everything as they soak up the late September sun – with temperatures topping 71 ° F on Friday – making it warmer than parts of Portugal, France and Spain
There are now fears that the Isle of Wight festival is scheduled for a Sunday wash. Pictured: Thousands of festival-goers young and old alike descended on Newport, Isle of Wight for the annual festival
The revelers had enjoyed a sunny start to the Isle of Wight festival, with headliners Liam Gallagher and Tom Jones scheduled to take the stage in Newport on Friday night.
The Isle of Wight festival resumed operations in 2021 despite a three-month delay after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Photos taken at the start of the festivities show festival-goers dressed in t-shirts and shorts as they soak up the late September sun as temperatures exceed 71 ° F on Friday, making it warmer than parts of Portugal, from France and Spain.
Western parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland should brace for a quick return to showers, but elsewhere the mercury is expected to reach 68F in southern and eastern England with clear skies and sunshine expected for much of today.
Meteorologists have warned the British that our late September sun will end as the weather returns to Earth, with a heavy band of rain and thunderstorms expected to move east from Cornwall throughout Sunday.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “The weather forecast for Sunday is changeable, with heavy downpours expected over much of the east and east coasts.
“There will be heavier rains throughout Sunday afternoon and evening, with rain overnight and a risk of showers in the west as well. Temperatures still expected in adolescents.
The official Met Office account tweeted on Friday morning: “Heavy showers in eastern England could lead to localized flooding on Sunday.
“Where these showers become slow, 30 to 40 mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time, leading to surface water inundation and transportation disruption.”
Heavy rains devastated much of the country earlier this week after commuters in London battled flash flooding on their way to work as parts of the North Circular and Blackwall Tunnel and underground services including the District Line, were submerged.
Dramatic footage showed buses and cars struggling to cross the historic bridge, while photos shared by angry Londoners with MailOnline also showed the A41 Brent Cross Shopping Center and Euston Road left in deep rainwater.
EUSTON ROAD: Cyclist and cars battling the elements in north London as Met Office issues yellow warning on Tuesday
EUSTON ROAD: A cyclist plies the surface waters on the Euston Road in north London during heavy rains on Tuesday
Much of the UK benefited from sweltering sunshine at the start of the month, including Wales which had its hottest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached their highest since 1906.
But gray skies and temperatures in his late teens greeted the end of summer weather around the middle of the month. Cars were captured crossing flood waters in central London under a blanket of cloud on Tuesday morning.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, affecting bus and train services with longer journey times and risk of cancellation.
Drivers were also warned that spraying and flooding on the roads would lengthen journey times with difficult driving conditions and the risk of road closures.
Meanwhile, temperatures in Cardiff and Belfast are expected to remain constant at around 64.4 ° F throughout the work week.
The Met Office said the long-term forecast for September is uncertain, but forecasters expect temperatures across the UK to be slightly above average for the time of year.