Thunder to hit Stoke-on-Trent as Met Office delivers half-term weather verdict

Meteorologists believe more thundery conditions will hit the Potteries this week. The forecast comes after the Bank Holiday weekend has seen a mix of relatively balmy temperatures - followed by a freak hail storm.

Now the Met Office has forecast a pretty grim day on Tuesday with some thundery conditions. But forecasters reckon once we have have emerged from tomorrow things will improve.

The latest forecast comes after North Staffordshire has seen yellow warnings for rain and thunderstorms in the previous days. However it would appear there is sunshine to come with temperatures set to rise at the weekend as we go into June.

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Latest Met Office forecast

Today and there will be a high of around 15C in what is shaping up to be a relatively dry end to the Bank Holiday weekend. There's a chance of some light showers in the evening.

Heavy rain will hit on Tuesday at around 9am - which will come after a grey yet dry start. Those heavy showers are set to continue before thunder is predicted at 3pm. It will brighten up into the evening with the light rain going by 6pm. Temperatures are expected to reach around 16C.

Wednesday will be pretty pleasant with sunny spells and largely dry - aside from rain at around 10am. Temperatures will reach 16C.

Thursday is a day of sunshine and light showers, again with a high of 16C. There's a chance of some light rain at 1pm on Friday, but aside from that the final day of May will be dry with a high of 16C.

Temperatures will rise at the weekend and get up to 18C on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of sunshine on both days - and no rain.

Met Office long-range UK forecast

May 31 - June 9: "Showers are possible in the southeast on Friday, otherwise the UK will mainly experience dry weather with sunny spells, and it will feel warm with light winds for most. By the weekend, the weather will become more settled as high pressure builds in from the west.

"A few showers could still develop, particularly in the north, but for many it will be a dry weekend with spells of warm sunshine. This fair weather is likely to continue for a few days into the following week, but thereafter the outlook becomes more uncertain. The south of the UK will probably be drier, with focus for showers or rainfall tending to be across the north. Temperatures will probably be around normal or a little above for the time of year."

June 10 - June 24: "Current indications are that the chances of high pressure or low pressure dominating are fairly balanced for this period. There is no strong signal for either dry or wet conditions being the more prominent feature of the weather. On balance, it is probable that a continuation of variable, slow moving, weather conditions are likely through much of June, similar to that which has been experienced through May.

"However with potentially slow moving weather systems there is still a chance that longer-lived drier, or even wetter, spells are entirely possible too. Temperatures are most likely to be around or above normal."

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