UK storm alert: ‘Rash’ of ‘vigorous’ showers packing thunder and lightning to blitz nation

Britons have been warned thunder and lightning are on the horizon as the unsettled weather patterns continue over the weekend and into next week. BBC Weather meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker said the downpours which hit parts of the country this week will be replicated over the coming days.

He said on Sunday there will be a band of low pressure which will bring heavy rain to parts of the UK.

He said Wales and the East of England are particularly vulnerable as they will be at the epicentre of the band.

He explained: “When you’re in the centre of the low pressure… the showers tend to be even more vigorous.

“You get big storm clouds forming and see that real rash across the UK.”

He said temperatures would hover between 12C and 15C on Sunday.

And he predicted “further showers” throughout Monday as cold air is brought in from the north.

On Tuesday there will be “chilly air coming in from the north” which will cause conditions to be increasingly unsettled.

He explained: “If you add the chilly air with the strong May sunshine you get more storm clouds and that’s the pattern into next week.”

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It covers the western region of Northern Ireland.

Weather experts warned communities to be on alert for possible power outages caused by “scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms”.

Some disruption to local travel is also expected.

Meteorologists said: “There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

“Some short term loss of power and other services is likely.

“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.”

London is set for continued rain over Saturday, Sunday and Monday before things pick up slightly on Tuesday. Temperatures will be between 14C and 16C over the coming days.

Tonight “cloud is expected to thicken during the early hours, with a band of rain pushing in from the south-west,” according to weather experts.

Saturday will bring “a band of showery rain sweeping across the region, leaving behind sunny spells but also scattered showers developing”.

Meteorologists warned Londoners the showers “will be occasionally heavy and thundery”.

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