This week’s heatwave set is accompanied by a thunderous weather warning to pave the way for unstable and wet conditions.
Greater Manchester and the UK as a whole have seen bright sunshine and scorching temperatures this week.
Oldham Weather, a local Twitter forecaster, said on Tuesday it recorded 27.9 degrees in Chaderton, the hottest September temperature in a decade.
However, the mercury is poised to fall in the coming days, resulting in uncertainties.
Heavy rain is forecast in some places in the northwest this morning after the onset of cloudy weather today (Thursday).
It is then expected that they will change heavier and more frequently in the afternoon and there will be danger with some thunderstorms throughout the day.
The yellow warning for the Met Office’s thunderstorm will take effect from 10 a.m. today and will continue until 8 p.m. tonight, with some deliveries expected. Much of the UK covers the north, northwest, northeast and southwest of Scotland, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Meteorological Department said it was unlikely that homes and businesses would be flooded, with some buildings damaged by floodwaters, lightning, hail or strong winds.
Adding: “Where there is flooding or lightning, there is a possibility of delays and some cancellations in train and bus services.
“Sprays and flash floods can lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.”
Thunderstorms are forecast in Manchester at 2pm, 5pm and 6pm at the moment, but there is likely to be some sunshine.
Temperatures will reach around 23-23 degrees, which means it will still feel hot and humid, but significantly cooler than the week before.
After several uncomfortable hot nights, it is expected to be much cooler at bedtime, although it still feels messy, but the temperature in places is touching 13 degrees Celsius.
The expected storms will begin to subside this evening and will clear mostly by midnight.
But it is also expected to be frustrating on Friday.
There is a possibility of some sea fog in the coastal areas of the northwest with the possibility of heavy rains, once again with some thunderstorms there is a possibility of further inland development. The temperature will once again reach 23 degrees Celsius.
In Greater Manchester, these are expected from 3 p.m. And the temperature is likely to be a little cooler, reaching close to 21C here.
The entire area is expected to be generally dry and light during the weekends and Mondays, although strangely light rain is possible. However, temperatures will return to near average this time of year.
In Greater Manchester, some rain is possible on Saturday morning and early afternoon, but it is likely to be dry with sunshine in the afternoon and evening. The temperature will reach 19 degrees. There is a similar outlook for Sunday with a maximum temperature of 18C likely to rain again in late Monday and early afternoon.
Across the UK, there are likely to be some “decent clear and sunny scenes” at the Met Office, “settled and widespread dry conditions are expected to continue until early next week”.
However, they say it can sometimes be cloudy in the far north and northwest with rain.
More worries are expected from the southwest over the weekend, with rain or sleet likely to be heavy and thunderstorms.
Some areas, especially in the north and east, can stay fine and dry.
If not warm, the temperature will remain close to normal, although some cold nights are likely, especially with the first rural ground frosts.
From late September to October, the Met Office says “confidence is generally low” regarding the UK’s long-range forecast.
He says: “The most likely scenario is that conditions remain more volatile from mid-September to the end, followed by a trend of more populated conditions, especially throughout the south.
“Within the volatile period, there is very little risk of disturbing, perhaps hurricane conditions.
“Expected rainfall is expected to be above average, although in late September and early October there may be a tendency to be close to average or dry. Temperatures are likely to remain above average.”