BRITAIN will be pounded by heavy rain and thunder this weekend as the dry weather makes way for downpours, forecasters say.
The Met Office has warned the country will be drenched by rain over the next five days.
And thunder could start rolling in tomorrow, brought by showers mainly in northern and western parts of the UK.
There are also expected to be thundery downpours on Saturday in several parts of the country.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said the weekend’s weather will be “hit and miss” due to a band of rain moving in from the south west.
He said: “That will still be clearing eastwards through Saturday morning, particularly along the east coast.
“In its wake there will be periods of brightness but there is a mixture of heavy, potentially thundery showers as well.
“In the sunshine it could feel quite pleasant, with temperatures potentially up to 24C (75.2F) but there are those heavy, potentially thundery showers across the UK that people may see.”
Sunday will be mainly dry in central and southern parts but Northern Ireland, northern parts of Scotland and the north of England are again at risk of experiencing heavy downpours, Mr Claydon added.
Despite the poor outlook for the rest of the week, today will still see highs of 24C in London and Peterborough.
But outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and western Scotland will steadily spread southeastwards.
This will reach most northern and some central areas by mid-afternoon, whilst the south remains dry with hazy sunshine.
The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland is expected to see “changeable” conditions when it gets under way on Thursday.
There will be a high of 17C (62.6F) and “short lived bursts of heavy rain” forecast.
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Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said Thursday will mark the beginning of more “unsettled weather”, with scattered showers becoming more frequent by Friday.
This week’s temperatures fall far short of the July record of 36.7C (98.06F) which was set in 2015 at Heathrow Airport.
Cars plough through a flooded street in Whitley Bay after a heavy downpour last week[/caption]