5pm UK weather LIVE – Odds slashed on hottest September EVER amid summer's last blast

THE odds have been slashed on Britain enjoying its hottest September EVER, as rain is forecast to make way for a last blast of summer.

An Indian Summer is still on the cards for Britain with “above average” temperatures expected later this month.

The balmy weather will follow highs of 22C sunshine this week.

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month being the hottest September on record in the UK to 5-4 (from 2-1) in the past 24 hours.

“It looks like we are going to get one last blast of sunshine this summer.

“As a result the odds have been slashed on this month ending as the hottest September on record,” said Coral spokesperson John Hill.

But the fickle British weather has been changing its tune, with downpours soaking people hoping to enjoy the last of the summer weather.

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  • 8.30PM OVERNIGHT FORECAST – DRIZZLY AND WINDY

    Overnight England will be rainy and windy with some clear patches.

    The Met Office says: “Southern parts of England will start cloudy with outbreaks of rain, clearing by late evening, to leave clear spells and a few fog patches.

    “Central areas mostly fine, but showers some heavy in the north and northwest where also windy.”

  • BAND OF RAIN TO SWEEP ACROSS UK

    A band of rain is sweeping across much of the UK today as the forecast is not set to improve for the rest of the week.

    It will hit Northern Ireland, parts of Scotland and parts of the North on Saturday.

  • MERCURY TO PLUNGE – THE END OF SUMMER?

    The mercury is set to plunge as the British summer’s hot weather is firmly over.

    But the Met Office’s long-range forecast suggests the next two weeks will be chilly with pockets of rain.

  • WARM WILL RETURN

    Although it is cooling down this weekend the warm weather will return next week, the met office say.

    However the warm is likely to come with cloud and rain in many areas in the UK.

    This is because the jet stream remains over the UK.

    A jet stream is a core of strong winds, around five to seven miles above the earth's surface, they explain.

  • FLOOD ALERT FOR RIVER RUNNING THROUGH SHROPSHIRE AND WALES

    A flood alert is in place for the Severn Vyrnwy conference.

    According to the Gov.uk website: “River levels have risen at the Llanymynech river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding is expected.

    “We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from the Welsh border at Llawnt to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury.”

  • WEEKEND RAIN MAP

  • WARMER TEMPS IN SUNNY SOUTH

    This weekend warmer temperatures will be seen in the south, with bright spots and pockets of rain.

    The North West will see some sunny spells, but it won't feel very warm as winds will blow across the rest of the North.

  • WET WET WET

    Brits are in for a wet and windy start to a wet and windy weekend.

    Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond told The Sun Online the weather for the next few days will be a “mixed bag” and quite “changeable” with a “mixture of showers and sunny spells”.

  • FRIDAY AM – CLOUDY START

    Here's the latest weather map from the Met Office, for 7am Friday, September 4, showing cloud cover over most of Britain.

  • WINDY CONDITIONS PERFECT FOR KITE-SURFING

    Kite surfers in Scotland were photographed enjoying gusty conditions beneath a stormy-looking sky, approaching from the city of Edinburgh.

    The snapper said it was 15C, and that the pic was taken in the village of Longniddry, on the East Lothian coast.

  • 'MIXED BAG OF WEATHER'

    A band of rain has been covering much of the UK today, with the forecast not set to improve much for the rest of the week.

    Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond told The Sun Online: “There is risk of thunder in the northern parts of the UK.”

    She added that the “mixed bag” of weather will continue into the weekend.

    Fellow Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir warned that showers will “rattle across the country” today bringing gusts of wind as it pushes south.

    She said sunny spells will follow but outbreaks of rain are the theme of today.

    BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said that gusts are likely to continue into the weekend.

    This weekend another band of rain from the North West will sweep down the country.

    However, the forecast does improve with sunny spells in scattered parts of the UK.

    UK weather forecast – Thunderstorms and heavy rain to batter Britain today before wet weekend

  • UK FORECAST FOR NEXT 5 DAYS

    The Met Office has reported scattered showers in the north over the next five days with some rain in the south.

    There will be outbreaks of rain in southern parts of England tonight which will lift leaving a few fog patches. Some heavy showers and gusts of wind are expected in the north and northwest tonight.

    But tomorrow will be largely dry with brighter spells in the south.

    The north will see mixed weather with wind, sunshine and potentially heavy showers.

    Sunny spells and showers will persist throughout the weekend, first in the north and later sweeping down to the south.

    And Monday will be largely dry with some rain across Scotland later in the day.

  • WEATHER WARNINGS

    The Met Office reports that there are no weather warnings issued for today.

    But, one flood alert remains in place, for the Severn Vyrnwy confluence, says the government's online flood warning advice page.

    River levels have risen at the Llanymynech river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

    “Consequently, flooding is expected.

    “We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from the Welsh border at Llawnt to Shrawardine near Shrewsbury,” it adds.

    Other locations that may be affected include Llanymynech, Maesbrook and Melverley.

    Predicted peak are expected in Llanymynech (3.1m to 3.3m) this afternoon.

    River levels are expected to remain high until this evening.

    Officials recommend people in the area “avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and avoid contact with flood water”.

  • UK WEATHER MAP: 7PM

    Here’s the Met Office’s weather map – showing cloud and rain – looking ahead to 7pm tonight.

  • INDIAN SUMMER PREDICTED

    An Indian Summer is still on the cards for Britain with “above average” temperatures expected later this month.

    The balmy weather will follow highs of 22C sunshine this week.

    According to forecasters, the south will see the best of the heat later this month with the Met Office declaring “above average” temperatures from September 15.

    Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, told the Sun Online: “By Sunday it should be warming up in southern counties and that trend continues next week.

    “Temperatures during the first half of next week could reach the mid-20Cs and even in the northern half of the UK it may be pleasantly warm for a time. Indian summer-like weather!

    UK weather forecast – Indian Summer on cards with ‘above average’ temperatures later this month after 21C sun today

  • LONG-RANGE FORECAST

    The Met Office has predicted a repeat of this week’s weather from Monday September 7.

    Its website’s long-range forecast says that it’ll be “mostly cloudy and dry on Monday, with the odd light shower”.

    However, there will be “areas of heavier and more persistent rain moving eastward across parts of Scotland”.

    The UK is “likely to see mostly settled conditions from the west through the early part of next week with sunny spells, whilst a few showers may be seen mainly in the north.

    “A band of rain is expected to move in later in the week, bringing strong winds and heavy rain in places for a time.

    “After clearing eastward, a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers are likely to follow.”

    The Met Office is also forecasting “rather breezy conditions will probably persist, particularly across the north and west.

    “Temperatures will be generally near normal throughout the period, perhaps just above normal for a time when the rain moves in midweek.”

  • WHEN DOES AUTUMN START?

    Colder weather has heralded the end of summer and the start of a new season.

    But when exactly is autumn?

    Autumn begins officially this year on September 22, according to the Met Office.

  • MIX OF RAIN & SUNSHINE FOR THURSDAY

    The BBC weather report at noon said that it had been a “cloudy, murky” start to the day “for some” in the UK.

    Carol Kirkwood said that as a weather front moves further south, “we’re looking at a breezy day and a showery one, with gusty winds across the north-west”.

    These winds are “gusting at 40-45mph – later 50mph – across the northern isles”.

    Rain will “increasingly turn patchier”.

    She said it would be cloudy over the south-eastern ‘corner’ throughout the afternoon “with one or two brighter breaks.

    “But as we move to the other side of that weather front, we’re into brighter skies, sunny skies as well, and also some showers.

    “Some of those showers coming in to the west are being blown on a brisk wind, towards some eastern areas as well.”

  • COOLER WEATHER RETURNS

    It was a mild start this morning, but “fresher nights are on the way back”, according to the Met Office.

    The service tweeted that a band of cloud and rain has today been “slowly moving southwards across England and Wales”.

  • SEPTEMBER ‘5-4 TO BE HOTTEST ON RECORD’

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month being the hottest September on record in the UK to 5-4 (from 2-1) in the past 24 hours.

    “It looks like we are going to get one last blast of sunshine this summer.

    “As a result the odds have been slashed on this month ending as the hottest September on record,” said Coral spokesperson John Hill.

  • ANOTHER TYPHOON FORMING OFF JAPAN

    At least one person is dead and thousands are without power after Typhoon Maysak smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday.

    Maysak dumped heavy rain and brought lashing winds to areas still recovering from Typhoon Bavi.

    The ninth typhoon of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year left about 120,000 households without power across South Korea, officials said.

    Flights were cancelled or delayed and downed trees and other debris caused light damage.

    One person died when winds shattered a window in South Korea's second-largest city of Busan, which bore the brunt of the storm's 170kph (105mph) winds.

    The peninsula usually sees only one typhoon a year.

    But another typhoon, Haishen, is brewing south of Japan and is expected to hit the Korean coast on Sunday or Monday, NASA's Earth Observatory warned.

  • THUNDERSTORMS & HEAVY RAIN ON THE WAY

    Britain is set to get battered with thunderstorms and heavy rain today ahead of this weekend.

    A band of rain is sweeping across much of the UK today as the forecast is not set to improve for the rest of the week.

    Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond told The Sun Online the weather for the next few days will be a “mixed bag” and quite “changeable” with a “mixture of showers and sunny spells”.

    She said: “Today will be cloudier with some drizzle in the central and southern parts of the UK.

    “It will be breezy in northern areas. This evening showers will continue across the far North.

    “There is risk of thunder in the northern parts of the UK.”

    The North West will see some sunny spells today, but it won't feel very warm as winds will blow across the rest of the North.

    Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said that showers will “rattle across the country” today bringing gusts of wind as it pushes south.

    She said sunny spells will follow but there will still be outbreaks of rain.

    BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said “mist and low cloud” will bring a “grey, damp and misty” outlook for most of England and Wales.

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  • WEATHER ‘EXTREMES’ OF WEDNESDAY

    The Met Office reported a range of contrasting weather across the UK on Wednesday, with Cambridge enjoying 21.7C, while Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, received 49.4mm of rain.

    It tweeted that many saw rain yesterday, “but especially so across southwest Scotland.

    “Ahead of the rain though, we did see some sunny skies, especially in the southeast of England.”

    Here are the “extremes for Wednesday 2nd September”, according to the Met Office:

  • MISTY START IN PLYMOUTH

    There was a gloomy start to Thursday in coastal Plymouth, where a snapper took this misty shot in Hoe Park:

  • SUNNY WEEKEND

    Saturday will be mostly dry with sunny spells in the south and east, says Meteogroup UK.

    In brief, it’s also expected to be “bright with showers in the north and west, with a fresh westerly breeze” on Saturday.

    Sunday will be “partly cloudy with showers in England and Wales.

    “However, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be mostly dry with sunny spells.”

    Meteogroup also says there will be “gentle westerly winds” on Sunday.

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