It has been the longest heatwave since the 1960s with temperatures exceeding 36C across Basingstoke in recent days.

And today (Wednesday) was supposed to provide a brief respite from the heat in a trade off for thunderstorms and downpours.

But in reality, most of North Hampshire escaped the rain with a brief hour-long storm above Basingstoke at around 4pm.

Andover Advertiser: A little bit of rain spotted in Basingstoke on Wednesday. Picture: Kelly BurfordA little bit of rain spotted in Basingstoke on Wednesday. Picture: Kelly Burford

There were patches of flooding - causing Asda in Brighton Hill to close early - and bolts of lightning struck trees in Andover and Tadley.

Though for the most part, the area remained stubbornly dry and only slightly cooler than earlier with temperatures falling to a still-warm 25C by 9pm.

Weather Forecast MapsPrecipitation 3 hours, 51°N 3°W, 2020/08/12 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00), ©

So what next? Many residents are now wondering when it will rain again in Basingstoke - if ever. And what to make of the Met Office's yellow weather warning for storms.

We've got you covered. We've researched all the major weather providers to report back to you what they think is in store over the next few days. And most importantly - whether or not it will rain in Basingstoke.


Met Office

The Met Office has a reputation for the nation's trusted weather forecaster and for decades, provided the BBC with its reports.

Chances of rain in Basingstoke on Thursday have dropped significantly, according to the Met Office. They predict tomorrow will be cloudly with sunshine and a 30 per cent chance of showers at 4pm.

Temperatures will be cooler than of late but by no means are you going to have to get out the gloves. The Met Office says tomorrow will be around 27C in Basingstoke. 



Accuweather paints a different picture for Basingstoke tomorrow, expecting temperatures to reach 28C.

And it expects there to be a 55 per cent chance of thunder storms at 1pm tomorrow.

Accuweather also predicts a 55 per cent chance of showers at 8pm in Basingstoke, which will come as good news for people desperate to keep their garden hyrdated. 

So will it rain? There is just over 50 per cent chance of rain tomorrow, according to Accuweather. 

BBC/ MeteoGroup

The BBC's forecast for Basingstoke predicts temperatures will reach 27C tomorrow with. a mixture of storms, cloud and rain all day.

From 7pm onwards, the BBC expects there to be a 60 per cent change of rain rising to 88 per cent chance of rain at 10pm. 

Out of the three forecasters, the BBC predicts the most amount of rain for Basingstoke tomorrow. 

Why do weather forecasters predict different outcomes for the same area?

Forecasters use different algorithms and weather models to provide projections, which is why they can vary wildly. Some apps simply churn out computer models' predictions, others employ meteorologists to supervise and correct these, especially in unusual or extreme weather.

In 2018, The Guardian published findings on the most accurate forecasters out of 12 covering 29 UK locations during 2017. The Weather Channel and Weather Underground came top, AccuWeather fifth, MeteoGroup (the BBC’s new provider) sixth and the BBC ninth (based on Met Office forecasts).