BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts strong sunshine mixed with thundery showers and hail

BBC Weather: UK set for mild temperatures and showers

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Carol Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast that there will be strong sunshine in parts of Britain and forecast warm temperatures where the showers do not reach. The BBC meteorologist added that low pressure overnight had caused stagnant water in parts of Devon and Somerset.

Ms Kirkwood said: “Over the next few days even into next week the forecast is one of sunshine and showers, heavy and thundery with hail.

“But if you miss them it will feel quite warm in the sunshine.

“The sunshine is of course strong at this time of year.

“We have had a lot of rain overnight courtesy of this area of low pressure so there is a lot of standing water over Devon and Somerset in particular.

“We have also got rain moving across Wales, it will start to turn more showery as we go through the day.

“We will see further showers develop and some of those will be heavy thundery and with hail.”

The BBC’s long-range forecast for this month between May 17-23rd outlined areas of pressure and low temperature.

The BBC forecast stated: “Heading into late May, we expect low-pressure overhead to gradually get pushed away to the north and northeast for a time.

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“High-pressure building in from the southwest will tend to dry things out, but also promote more northerly winds.

“These winds will tend to keep thing temperatures a bit below average, so we aren’t quite finished with our unusually cold spring.

“This pattern change should be gradual, so the start of the week may still be a bit unsettled with some scattered afternoon showers as low pressure remains nearby. However, the end of the week is expected to trend drier with the cooler air lingering as high pressure builds in.

“We have medium confidence in the large-scale pattern, but lower confidence on the exact temperatures, which are still proving a bit tricky to pin down.

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“We do think it is more likely to be below average than above, but how much below average we are is uncertain.

“If low pressure drifts east early and stays nearby a little too long, we may see a colder end to the week than expected.”

The forecast added: “Additionally, there is a chance, perhaps 30 percent, that high pressure instead builds north of Europe, allowing a low to develop to the south.

“This would bring some warmer, wetter weather to southerly areas.

“Scotland and Northern Ireland will likely be colder than normal in either scenario, so confidence is a little higher for them.”

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