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Rain to Return to UK, Northern Europe Later This Week

An extended period of dry weather across the British Isles and northern Europe will be coming to an end later this week.

High pressure will remain centered just north and east of the United Kingdom through Thursday, allowing dry weather and sunshine prevail. This pleasant weather will also be found across northern France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Both Wednesday and Thursday will feature partly to mostly sunny skies across the British Isles. Temperatures in the London area will reach 17-18 C (62-64 F) both days.

High temperatures in Paris will range from 20-21 C (68-70 F) both Wednesday and Thursday.

Berlin can expect a brief cooldown Wednesday before milder air returns on Thursday and lasts into the weekend. Wednesday's high will be around 14 C (58 F) with temperatures ranging from 18-20 C (65-68 F) from Thursday into the weekend.

A change in the weather pattern is expected later this week as high pressure in northern Europe weakens and moves eastward, allowing a storm to approach from the Atlantic Ocean bringing the return of more clouds and showers to western Europe.

The first effects of this pattern change will be seen on Thursday as more clouds stream into western Europe. Along with the clouds, a few showers will occur during the afternoon in Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland.

Farther south, the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland along with northern France, Netherlands and Belgium will remain dry with partial sunshine. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will occur in western France, becoming more widespread in the afternoon.

By Friday, more widespread showers will pass through northern France and the British Isles. While it will not be a washout, the combination of clouds and showers will make for a noticeable change to the pleasant weather that has dominated the region over the past week.

The storm responsible for these showers will shift eastward over the weekend bringing additional showers to areas from the United Kingdom and Ireland into France. Showers will also spread over Belgium, Netherlands and Germany for the weekend; however, temperatures will remain seasonably mild.

Farther east, nothing more than a passing shower is expected in Poland and eastern Europe over the weekend as warmth prevails with partial sunshine.