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UK weather: Met Office forecasts wet conditions over weekend

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Netweather’s forecast for this weekend has predicted “heavy and even thundery downpours” across the country, as low pressure from the west keeps influencing the UK weather for the end of this week. According to forecasters, frontal rain and more cloud will arrive in Britain on Sunday as a low centre moves right over the nation. The country could also see temperatures between 25C and 27C over the weekend as the warm and humid air is pulled up from the south, according to another chart from Netweather.

The chart shows the nation layered with dark red and orange colours as the heat from France slowly makes its way northwest.

According to the chart, southeast of England is expected to see the highest temperatures.

It comes as more than 1.5 inches of rainfall is expected in some areas of the country this weekend with thunderstorms covering a huge chunk of the nation.

The thunderstorm warning from the Met Office will be in force from 12pm until 10pm on Saturday.

Regions that are expected to be affected include the East Midlands, east of England, London, southeast England, northeast England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, northwest England, Northern Ireland and southwest England.

The Met Office warning reads: “Following rain overnight and during the morning, heavier showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out by late morning.

“These becoming more widespread into the afternoon, with torrential downpours possible in a few places, bringing around 0.8 inches (20mm) of rain in less than an hour and 1.2 to 1.6 inches (30mm to 40mm) in a couple of hours.

“Lightning and hail may prove additional hazards in some locations.”

Rain radar maps also show a large portion of the country being covered by rainfall on Saturday.

The showers are expected to continue on Sunday and could become heavy at times.

Weather conditions will be much more settled into next week with temperatures reaching slightly below normal in the east and south.

Temperatures elsewhere will be warm.

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The Met Office warned that driving conditions are likely to be affected by the heavy rainfall with spray, standing water and/or hail making it potentially dangerous for drivers.

The public needs to expect longer journey times and delays to train services.

On top of that, some short term loss of power is possible, with possible damage due to lightning strikes.

Flooding of a few homes and businesses could occur in some regions.

The warning concludes that many places will miss the worst of the thunderstorms, but heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause some transport disruption and perhaps flooding.

Currently, there are no warnings for Sunday and next week.

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