Risk of thunderstorms

[Updated 07:20 25/08/2016]

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Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures reaching 33.9C (93F) at Gravesend in Kent. Overnight outbreaks of rain have spread northeastwards and it remains very muggy.

Through the day sunny periods develop in southern counties. In the north it stays cloudier with further showers but the far north west should be brighter. This afternoon as the heat builds in the south there is a renewed risk of thunderstorms and downpours developing.

A very warm air mass is still sitting over the south east and East Anglia so there temperatures could push towards 30C (86F). In the north it will be quite cool and fresh with maximum values close to 20C (68F). See the rainfall and lightning radar for the latest view.

Tonight showers fade away over England and Wales to leave it mostly dry through the second half of the night. In Scotland and Northern Ireland wet weather returns.

Tomorrow much of the country has a fine day but showers continue in the north west. It will be fresher in the south but still pleasantly warm.

The August Bank Holiday weekend looks mixed. During Saturday bursts of rain push northwards over England and Wales and these could become heavy in places but the north should have a bright day with scattered showers. Sunday looks showery in the north, and in the south early cloud and rain should clear to leave a dry afternoon. Monday could be mostly dry and bright in the south but scattered showers are likely in the north.

The rest of next week remains changeable but the should probably has quite a lot of dry weather. The remains of Hurricane Gaston will be approaching and this increases forecast uncertainty.

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