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UK weather forecast – Widespread showers expected this week with thunderstorms on the way

BRITS could be in for some mixed weather for the early part of the week with sunshine and showers expected - as well as thunderstorms.

The beginning of the week will be similar with sunny spells and showers but the Met Office has warned of heavy showers at times.

The Met Office said in a Twitter message: “A mix of pleasantly warm sunshine and showers to start the new week.”

Temperatures should be in the low double figures as the working day on Monday starts.

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below...

  • WEATHER UNTIL FRIDAY MAY 14

    The weather until Friday May 14 is predicted to be “unsettled and on the cool side”, says Netweather TV.

    It adds that it should, however, be “milder in the east and south”.

    From Monday it’ll also be “wet at times, then probably turning finer and warmer by day towards mid-month.

    “Further chilly nights, with slight frost are possible. So gardeners beware.”

    It will be wetter and cooler than normal but the weather will “improve later”.

  • LOW PRESSURE TO DOMINATE NEXT WEEK

    The UK's weather will be dominated by low pressure next week, bringing with it some showery weather.

    But Brits can expect some sunshine too.

    In the latest message from the Met Office, it said: "Low pressure dominates our weather in the week ahead bringing widespread showers, but there will be some sunshine too."

  • THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY NIGHT – MET OFFICE

    Heavy showers will “continue to roll into Northern Ireland and Scotland this afternoon”, reports the Met Office.

    It tweeted that while thunderstorms “have now cleared the southeast coast, there could be more tonight”.

  • WARMEST DAY SINCE MARCH 31

    Today was the warmest day since March 31.

    The Met Office confirmed the news in a Twitter message, saying: "It's been the warmest day since 31 March as temperatures climbed into the low 20s in the southeast this afternoon."

  • HEAVY, THUNDERY SHOWERS WARNING FOR SUNDAY

    Some heavy and thundery showers are "likely in the south east and east Anglia on Sunday", warns the Weather Outlook.

    After showers continue in the north west and central England, they become heavier and push southeastwards this evening, the website adds.

  • 'CRAZY SPRING'

    It's been a "crazy spring so far," reports Netweather TV.

    The website adds in its overview of the season's weather so far: "At last we have much needed rain for the farmers and growers, in a crazy spring so far.

    "We have seen record high temperatures in March, followed by the coldest April over central England for 32 years.

    "It was also provisionally the driest, most frosty April since 1938 in some localities, due to frequent 'spring northerlies'.

    "These can persist on and off until around 20th May, before a re-organisation of the pressure systems brings a change to warmer weather."

  • FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

    Monday: A mix of sunny spells and scattered showers; max 17C.

    Tuesday: A dry start, before showers appear; max 18C.

    Wednesday: More showers, with a max of 18C

    Thursday: Sunny first thing in the morning, but showers develop later in the day - max 18C

    Friday: Max of 19C. The south sees more showers, but it'll be drier by comparison in Scotland.

  • THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY NIGHT - MET OFFICE

    Heavy showers will "continue to roll into Northern Ireland and Scotland this afternoon", reports the Met Office.

    It tweeted that while thunderstorms "have now cleared the southeast coast, there could be more tonight".

  • WEATHER UNTIL FRIDAY MAY 14

    The weather until Friday May 14 is predicted to be "unsettled and on the cool side", says Netweather TV.

    It adds that it should, however, be "milder in the east and south".

    From Monday it'll also be "wet at times, then probably turning finer and warmer by day towards mid-month.

    "Further chilly nights, with slight frost are possible. So gardeners beware."

    It will be wetter and cooler than normal but the weather will "improve later".

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    A poll of 2,000 Brits has identified the places we’re most eager to visit this summer – with 38 per cent looking forward to exploring new places when they’re allowed.

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  • HEAVY AND THUNDERY SHOWERS ON THE WAY - BBC

    With low pressure nearby, the next few days will remain unsettled with sunshine and showers - some of which maybe heavy and thundery, reports BBC Weather.

  • SUNSHINE IN LONDON

    People enjoying the nice weather in Hyde park, London as temperatures are set to peak at 19C.

  • 'GENERALLY UNSETTLED'

    The beginning of next week will be similar with sunny spells and showers but the Met Office has warned of heavy showers at times "with a risk of thunderstorms."

    The Met Office's outlook for Monday to Wednesday says: "Generally unsettled with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, as well as some more prolonged periods of rain.

    "Some heavy bursts likely at times with a risk of thunderstorms."

  • DON'T FORGET THE SUNBLOCK

    UV levels will be moderate for many areas today, as much of the UK basks in some spring sunshine.

    Pollen levels will also be up - so hayfever sufferers beware!

  • ‘20C MINI HEATWAVE’ TO SWEEP SOUTHERN PARTS OF ENGLAND

    Britain will bask in warm weather after Thursday’s surprise snow was washed away by heavy rain showers.

    A mini-heatwave with highs of 20C is expected to sweep southern parts of England from today - after Saturday's soaking.

    Alex Deakin, a Met Office meteorologist, said: “There is some good news for the weekend.

    “We will see things turning warmer.

    “We will see some pretty warm air, so temperatures will get a boost through the weekend.”

  • LONG RANGE FORECAST UNTIL MAY 22

    The Met Office's long range forecast from May 13 to May 22 says: "Cloudy on Thursday starting with outbreaks of rain and showers, especially in the southwest of the UK.

    "Showers are expected to become more widespread during the day, with these heavy and potentially thundery for the south. The breeziest conditions expected in the far northwest.

    "Remaining showery for the rest of the week with the chance of a brief settled spell from the west into Friday.

    "The unsettled theme then continues through the remainder of this period, with longer spells of rain and showers in between, the clearest conditions are most likely in the north.

    "It's likely to be breezy at times; especially around coastal areas, where gales may occur. Temperatures will be near to or slightly below average, though with the formation of overnight frosts becoming unlikely."

  • 20C TEMPERATURES TODAY - MET OFFICE

    According to the Met Office, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers across the country on Sunday, with parts of eastern, central and southern England being fairly cloudy.

    The weather is expected to be warm until the evening, especially in the east and southeast where temperatures are expected to reach 20C.

  • NOT LONG TILL SUMMER SOLSTICE

    The sun is "quite strong now, being only a month-and-a-half away from the summer solstice," notes Netweather.TV.

    "So with shelter from the chilly breeze, the sun’s rays feel warm.

    "We could see 19-20C on Sunday in the southeast, if the sun comes out," the website adds.

  • MORE SUN TODAY - ABOUT TIME!

    Britain is finally set to bask in a 20C mini-heatwave today as sunshine is expected to return after Saturday's washout.

    Those who were hoping of enjoying a pint in the sun will be finally able to do so after a day of wet weather.

    According to the Met Office, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers across the country on Sunday, with parts of eastern, central and southern England being fairly cloudy.

    The weather is expected to be warm until the evening, especially in the east and southeast where temperatures are expected to reach 20C.

    The beginning of next week will be similar with sunny spells and showers but the Met Office has warned of heavy showers at times "with a risk of thunderstorms."

  • JUST FIVE FLOOD ALERTS FOR ENGLAND TODAY

    The Environment Agency has just five flood alerts in place for England today.

    They are for: Bourne Brook (Tamworth); Lower River Soar in Leicestershire; River Maun in Nottinghamshire; River Bure, Spixworth Beck and surrounding Becks; River Burn from Southgate and Waterden to Burnham Thorpe.

  • SUNDAY MORNING FROST-FREE - MET OFFICE

    Sunday morning will be largely frost free - but there will be cloud, says the Met Office.

    Heavy showers will roll into the northwest and patchy light rain will move eastwards across England and Wales.

    There will be some sunny spells elsewhere.

  • 20C EXPECTED IN SOUTH OF ENGLAND TODAY

    Britain is finally set to bask in a 20C mini-heatwave today as sunshine is expected to return after the washout.

    Those who were hoping of enjoying a pint in the sun will be finally able to do so after a day of wet weather.

    According to the Met Office, there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers across the country on Sunday, with parts of eastern, central and southern England being fairly cloudy.

    The weather is expected to be warm until the evening, especially in the east and southeast where temperatures are expected to reach 20C.

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