Met Office weather forecast: Temperatures cool in Chelmsford, Southend, Harlow, Colchester and Basildon after mini heatwave

Essex’s mini heatwave is expected to cool down today (May 15) with temperatures not quite reaching Saturday’s highs. The county is expected to be treated to cooler temperatures due to the mini heat wave experienced on Saturday, with more cloud cover and forecast rain/

While parts of Essex could reach highs of 20C today, temperatures will not be at the highs of the early 20s seen on Saturday. Some areas including Chelmsford are even facing rain showers today.

The Met Office weather forecast for the east of England, which includes Essex, says: “Rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain and showers heading north-east. These conditions are expected to gradually move away further late to allow warm and sunny periods, slightly tempered by the developing breeze. Maximum temperature 25°C..”

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Below we have listed the weather in the main locations in Essex for today. All forecasts are taken from the Met Office website. Updated forecasts are available from 5am each day.


Rain for much of the morning with some clear spells between 11am and noon, before drying and darkening in the afternoon. High temperatures of 19C.


High chance of rain throughout the morning before drying out by noon. Cloud cover remains for the afternoon, with high temperatures of 19C.


Some clearings in the morning before strong risks of rain from 9 a.m. to noon. Cloudy for the afternoon, with high temperatures of 19C at 3 and 4 p.m.


Cloudy all day with a chance of rain between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. High temperatures of 18C from 3pm.


Heavy rain is expected in the morning before drying around 11am. Cloudy for the rest of the day, with highs of 20°C from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saffron Walden

Rain forecast for 6am to 9am, before drying out with cloud cover for the rest of the day. High temperatures of 19C from 2pm.


Heavy rain expected from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with cloud cover and some sunny spells thereafter. Maximum temperatures of 17C from 2pm.


Rain forecast from 8am to 11am with cloud cover and occasional sunny spells thereafter. Temperatures will briefly reach 20°C around 3 p.m. before dropping again.