Temperatures down as heatwave ends
May 29 2012
The mini-heatwave which has swept Britain looks set to end after forecasters predicted cooler temperatures and unsettled weather for the week ahead.
Sun worshippers have flocked to beaches and parks over the last few days as the country basked in unseasonably fine and hot weather, with the highest temperature reaching almost 28C (82.4F) in Bournemouth.
It has also led to a number of water-related tragedies. Fifteen-year-old Thomas Barton drowned on Sunday in a reservoir in Chorley, Lancashire, while a 32-year-old man died trying to rescue a young girl from the sea at West Wittering beach, in West Sussex, on Saturday.
MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said there will be gradual cooling during the week to come - culminating in a substantially cooler Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Showers are predicted for much of England and Wales by Thursday, with a chance of thunderstorms hitting central areas.
Forecaster Nick Prebble said: "Many places will see sun tomorrow, with temperatures peaking at 23C (73.4F) in London. But Scotland will feel much cooler and there is a chance of a few spots of rain. On Wednesday, northern areas of the UK will be cooler with patchy rain. Further south in Yorkshire there will be heavy rain with a few rumbles of thunder.
"Temperatures will drop off considerably during Thursday and Friday with heavy showers across England and Wales. The highest temperature will be around 19C (66.2F) in London. There is no indication that the recent fine temperatures will continue into the weekend unfortunately, with maximum temperatures of 15-16C."
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