Met Office warn of flooding, power cuts and 50mm of rain this weekend

Get those wellies ready! Britain will enjoy a last blast of summer this weekend before thunderstorms and heavy rain batter UK on Sunday as Isle of Wight festival braces for washout

  • Brits set to enjoy final blast of 75F summer heat, making it warmer than Spain, France and Portugal on Friday 
  • But autumnal showers are set to return from Sunday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning 
  • Thunderstorms and heavy rain are set to lash much of the country as temperatures plummet back to 64F
  • Weather warning sparked fears the annual Isle of Wight Festival could be set for a disappointing washout 

Brits are set to enjoy one final blast of summer this weekend before thunderstorms and heavy rain lash much of the United Kingdom amid fears the annual Isle of Wight Festival could be set for a washout.

Parts of the country, including the capital, are soaked in late September sun on Friday with temperatures reaching 75F and set hotter than tourist hotspots 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 localised flooding and power cuts, with more than 40mm of rain set to batter much of the UK from Sunday.

Britons are being warned to brace for autumnal showers on Saturday and Sunday as temperatures plummet to 64F by the end of next week as our brief summer comes to an end. 

And that has sparked fears that the annual Isle of Wight Festival, running from Thursday, September 16 to Sunday, 19, could be set for a disappointing end to the summer festival season.


The Met Office has issued a weather warning for the weekend over fears of localised flooding and power cuts, with more than 40mm of rain set to batter much of the UK from Sunday

The weather warning has sparked fears that the annual Isle of Wight Festival, running from Thursday, September 16 to Sunday, 19, could be set for a disappointing end to the summer festival season. Above: Revellers at Seaclose Park, Newport

Brits can bask in a last blast of 75F summer heat today before downpours and gales lash parts of the country at the weekend

Revellers had been enjoying a sunny start to the Isle of Wight Festival. Pictured: A pair of girls pose for pictures at Seaclose Park, Newport on Thursday September 16

Pictures from the festival show festivalgoers bearing all as they lap up the late September sunshine – with temperatures exceeding 71F on Friday – making it warmer than parts of Portugal, France and Spain

There are now fears that the Isle of Wight Festival could be set for a Sunday washout. Pictured: Thousands of festivalgoers, young and old, have descended on Newport, Isle of Wight for the annual festival

Revellers had been enjoying a sunny start to the Isle of Wight Festival, with headline acts Liam Gallagher and Tom Jones set to take the stage in Newport on Friday evening.

The Isle of Wight Festival returned to action in 2021 despite a three month delay after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic. 

Pictures taken as the festivities get underway show festivalgoers in t-shirts and shorts as they lap up the late September sunshine as temperatures exceed 71F on Friday – making it warmer than parts of Portugal, France and Spain. 

Western parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland should brace for an early return of showery spells but elsewhere, the mercury is set to reach 68F across the south and eastern parts of England with clear skies and sun expected for much of today.  

Meteorologists have warned Brits our late September sun is set to end as the weather comes crashing back down to Earth, with a heavy band of rainfall and thundery showers expected to move eastwards from Cornwall throughout Sunday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: ‘The weather outlook for Sunday is changable, with heavy showers expected across much of the east and east coast. 

‘There will be heavier rain throughout Sunday afternoon and evening, with rain overnight and a chance of showers across the west too. Temperatures still expected in the high teens.’

The official Met Office account tweeted on Friday morning: ‘Heavy showers across eastern England may lead to localised flooding on Sunday.

‘Where these showers become slow moving, 30 to 40 mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time leading to surface water flooding and transport disruption.’ 

Heavy rainfall 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 the Blackwall Tunnel and Underground services including the District Line were left submerged.

Dramatic footage showed buses and cars struggling to get across the landmark bridge, while photos shared by angry Londoners with MailOnline also showed the A41 by Brent Cross shopping centre and Euston Road left in deep rainwater. 

EUSTON ROAD: Cyclist and cars battling the elements in North London as the Met Office issues a yellow warning on Tuesday

EUSTON ROAD: A cyclist ploughs through surface water on the Euston road in North London during heavy rainfall on Tuesday

Much of the UK basked in sweltering sunshine at the start of the month, including Wales which experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached the highest since 1906. 

But grey skies and temperatures in the late teens hailed the end of summery weather towards the middle of the month. Cars were captured ploughing through floodwater in central London beneath a blanket of clouds on Tuesday morning.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning, affecting bus and train services with journey times taking longer and the chance of cancellations.

Drivers were also warned that spray and flooding on roads would make journey times longer with some difficult driving conditions and the chance of road closures.   

Meanwhile, temperatures in Cardiff and Belfast are predicted to remain constant at around 64.4F throughout the working week. 

The Met Office said that the long-range forecast for September is uncertain, but forecasters expect temperatures across the UK to be slightly higher than average for the time of year.  

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