Peter O'Donnell's Long Range Forecast For Britain

TODAY ... Variable cloud west, passing showers and a few thundery ones, heavier in Wales and later southwest Scotland, northern England. More isolated showers central England and likely to remain largely dry if cloudy at times southeast. Highs will range from 17-20 C west, north, to 22 C central to 25 C southeast.

... Showers becoming heavier, some with thunder, a few parts of the south and southeast could remain dry, very mild in southerly winds of 20-40 mph, lows 14-18 C.

... Much of next week could stay a little warmer than average with highs 22-24 C. Rainfalls will be heavy in parts of west and north, moderate central and possibly continuing rather dry in the southeast although not totally so.

Peter O'Donnell is a Vancouver-based climatologist who specialises in providing long-range forecasts for Ireland and Britain.