UK weather forecast: Thunderstorms to return as Met Office issues rain warning

People shelter from the rain beneath umbrellas as they walk near Buckingham Palace
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain across parts of the UK -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

Thought the rain from today was going anywhere? Sorry, we're not that lucky.

Despite days of sunny weather, Brits shut their windows today as the country battled rain following a yellow weather warning from the Met Office.

The weekend saw temperature highlights of up to 26.5C in the capital, but this was quickly replaced with thunderstorms and rain across the country. It's not the news we were hoping for but it's not set to get a whole lot better either.

Today (Tuesday, May 14) it will be largely dry and bright across the far north, with bright spells and showers across southern and western areas. Rather cloudy elsewhere with outbreaks of rain, turning heavy in places.

Between Wednesday (May 15) to Friday, there will still be a mix of sunshine and showers. The rain will be heavy at times with some longer spells of the wet stuff, reports the Mirror.

Temperatures will fall back closer to average. But it's not looking good for next week.

Saturday, May 18 to Monday, May 27 will see the heaviest showers and greatest risk of thunderstorms across southern parts.

Temperatures are expected to hover around or slightly above the average, feeling quite pleasant in the sunnier spots due to light winds. As we head into the weekend, it looks like showers might give us a break up north, with drier and more settled weather potentially taking hold.

The Met Office has less certainty about next week, with mixed signals coming through. They suggest that "on balance a continuation of the showers in the south seems most likely", while the north may continue to enjoy drier conditions.

We're likely to see temperatures staying somewhat above average for this time of year.

This update comes as the country still faces 33 flood alerts, although the number of flood warnings has decreased by 17 in the last day. The Met Office has indicated that local flooding from surface water is likely in parts of South West England.

London, Oxford, Southampton, Bournemouth, and Swindon are among those most at risk. There have also been reports from Kent, Somerset, Exmouth, and Newmarket.

This could lead to flooding of land, roads, and some properties, as well as potential travel disruptions.

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