UK weather forecast: Thunder, lightning and torrential downpours expected in break from searing heatwave

Alexandra Richards
Stormy weather: People caught in the rain on Oxford Street, central London, earlier this week: PA

Britain is set for a break from the long heatwave as thunderstorms and rain are set to batter the country.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued by the Met Office from 11am to 10pm on Friday.

Forecasters have also said that the remnants of Hurricane Chris from the Atlantic could bring torrential rain early next week.

The yellow weather warning extends over much of the south of the country including the capital but will also affect parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire, the Met Office said

Forecasters warned that torrential rain could cause some homes and business to flood with some areas seeing up to 20 to 30mm of rainfall in the space of an hour.

Woman battles rain in the capital (PA)

“Because of the short, sharp nature of the showers, there may be some surface level flooding,” forecaster Nicola Maxey said.

Areas covered within the yellow warning could also experience thunder and lightning as the blustery weather sweeps across the country.

Despite the risk of thunderstorms, Ms Maxey said temperatures will remain warm in the south with highs of mid-twenties on Friday.

Heading into the weekend, Londoners can expect the temperatures to creep back up to 28C, the Met Office said.

However, Ms Maxey said that the heatwave the which saw the UK enjoy 16 days of temperatures of 28C or above could be coming to an end.

She said: “Over the past few days we have seen a dip in the very hot temperatures with the weather returning to what is more conventional for a British summer as currents move in from the Atlantic.”

She said over the course of the coming weeks, the UK is likely to see varied conditions across the country as Hurricane Chris causes showers across the northern parts of the country.

The Met Office said the remnants of Hurricane Chris, which is currently travelling across America, will push fresher air into parts of northern England and Scotland, which could lead to rain showers at the start of next week.

In the south Brits could see the warm weather continue, however temperatures will not reach the same heights the country has been enjoying during the heatwave.

“It is likely we will still see the occasional place experiencing higher temperatures but it won’t be the consecutive days of very hot weather we have experienced in recent weeks,” Ms Maxey said.

Heatwave: Tourists enjoy the sun near the Tower of London (PA)

Britons can expect to see spates of showery weather followed by dry spells in the weeks ahead, Ms Maxey said.