Met Office warns "risk of thunder" despite hopes of drier weekend weather

-Credit: (Image: Adam Vaughan)
-Credit: (Image: Adam Vaughan)

Weather conditions across the country are set to be incredibly wet and dreary today.

The Met Office said the parts of the country, including the northwest, will see more rain or showers throughout the day. These showers are expected to develop into heavy rain by the afternoon with some parts seeing an increased risk of thunder.

Areas outside of the northwest, however, will see a higher chance of sunny spells and lighter showers. It comes following a more hopeful message from forecasts who say warmer and drier weather is just over the horizon.

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Describing today's northwest forecast, the Met Office said: "A changeable day with a mixture of sunny spells, cloudy periods and a chance of heavy showers. Feeling quite cool in the fresh northwesterly wind but pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 17 °C."

For tonight, it added: "Becoming generally dry this evening and overnight with clear periods, but a small chance of an isolated shower in the south. A cooler night with winds easing for a time. Minimum temperature 6 °C."

Earlier this week, the Met Office said the weekend will see a significant reduction in rainfall for most parts of the country, excluding some showers in the southeast. This will supposedly mark a drier period for the country following a week of consistent rain.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey said: “From Friday, we see a change in weather type, with conditions turning drier and more settled from the west. Although some showers are possible at times - most likely in the southeast initially and later in the weekend in the northwest - many should see a decent amount of sunshine.

“With the exception of the southeast at first, where it will be rather cool to start the weekend, temperatures are generally unremarkable for the time of year, close to or a little above average. However, it will feel a little warmer with light winds and prolonged sunny spells, generally away from windward coasts.”