UK hit with thunderstorm warnings as Stoke-on-Trent to be as hot as Ibiza

Temperatures in the Potteries will match those in a holiday hotspot as the balmy conditions continue. However the Met Office has issued thunderstorm warnings for the south of the country.

It comes as temperatures have gone on the rise following a late cold snap in April. And tomorrow's (May 2) forecasted high of 19C in Stoke-on-Trent means the city will be as warm as Ibiza.

But there could be rain today (May 1) - where temperatures are expected to peak at around 17C this afternoon. Two yellow warnings for thunderstorms have been issued for the south - where there are also flooding alerts in place.

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In the south west and the alert comes in at 8pm and will run through to 8am tomorrow. Meanwhile the south east warning will go from 11pm this evening to 6am on Thursday.

Back in the Potteries and there's a chance of heavy rain at around 7pm this evening. But tomorrow is looking the pick of the week with sunny spells and a high of 19C.

Temperatures are expected to dip to a high of 13C on Friday with a chance of some light rain. However as it stands and the Bank Holiday weekend will be dry with highs of between 15C and 16C.

Met Office's long-range forecast for the UK

May 5 - May 14: "An uncertain period through the bank holiday weekend with the most likely result a warm but cloudy day Sunday with a few light showers, then increasingly cloudy with rain spreading from the west, though weakening as it does so, however there remains a broad spread of solutions with the threat of showery spells a common feature.

"Into the new week all areas are likely to see a mixture of showery periods or spells of rain, though generally drier conditions expected to develop through the following week away from the northeast as high pressure develops to the west. Sunniest conditions across the south, cloudiest in the north and east. Temperatures mostly a little above normal for early May."

May 15 - May 29: "In this period, the chances of unsettled weather are slightly less than usual in the far north but trending to slightly more unsettled further south. Therefore, some spells of wet weather are likely for all, but perhaps especially across southern/central areas while the driest conditions relative to normal are probably further north.

"The chance of below or above average temperatures is fairly balanced overall, slightly cooler around mid-month but recovering soon after, though it is worth noting that average temperatures themselves rise by around 1C per week at this time of year."

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