By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 11,2017, 11:23:08AM,EDT
While southern England will largely escape showery spells during the first half of the week, the drier weather will expand to more of the United Kingdom by the weekend.
After rain focuses on the western and northern U.K. to start this weekend, showery spells will continue to dampen many of the same areas through the middle of next week.
The showers will create headaches for those with outdoor plans on a daily basis in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
Bouts of steadier rain may also lead to slower travel, but the risk of flash flooding is low.
Sunny spells will instead dominate and give residents in London and Southampton ample opportunity to spend time outside.
The breeze from the weekend will continue into Monday before settling down for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will trend in the opposite direction, reaching highs of 20-25 C (68-77 F) across most of southern England and the Midlands.
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The turn to drier weather will be a welcome change from the wet start to June.
Rain was recorded at London’s Heathrow Airport on nine out of the first 11 days of the month.
London City Airport was soaked by nearly 35 mm (1.37 inches) of rain on 6 June. That daily rain total is not far from the 45.7 mm (1.80 inches) the airport typically measures during the entire month.
Any lingering showery spells will be suppressed to the far-northern U.K., giving more residents a break from possible disruptions to outdoor plans. Brollies will be replaced by sunglasses and sun cream.
Warmer air should also accompany the turn to drier conditions.
Many more communities are likely to see temperatures reach or exceed 20 C (68 F) across the northern U.K. next weekend, following the highs of 14-18 C (57-64 F) from early this week.
“London is expected to see temperatures rise above average by about 3-6 degrees Celsius (5-10 degrees Fahrenheit) during this time,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.
Highs during the middle of June typically range from 15-18 C (59-64 F) in the north to 18-21 C (65-70 F) in southern England.