UK weather forecast – Thunderstorms to batter Britain as hail and gusts tear through the UK today, Met Office warns

BRITAIN is set to be hit with a triple threat of thunder, hail and blustery winds today, the Met Office has warned.

April showers are also going to be making an appearance, as heavy rain is set to batter the UK leading up to the weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "Thursday will be a day of heavy showers.

"Hail and thunder will be mixed in with some of the liveliest downpours.

"These showers will be fairy heavy where they do occur, with gusty winds, lightening and hail always a possibility as well."

The Met Office warned that for western Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwest England, further outbreaks of rain will continue into the night up until Friday morning.

Mr McGivern added: "It's going to feel quite cold in the far west as the wind picks up."

These thunderstorms bring the potential for lightning strikes and hail, with sudden downpours and gusty winds


And Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: “We are expecting thunderstorms to develop with the risk of significant rainfall, hail and gusty winds and the potential for quite a lot of rainfall in parts.

“The atmosphere has become very unstable after the recent warm weather and this is enough to spark heavy showers and thunder.”

Temperatures are also set to fall to as low as 11C – a drastic drop from Bank Holiday Monday's record 25C scorcher.

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Forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “We're keeping warnings under close review, with localised surface water flooding possible as 20-40mm (1.5in) of rain falls in 24 hours.

“Thundery downpours are likely for Scotland through Thursday.
“The windiest conditions are likely to be in the North-West of the UK.

"But blustery conditions are expected for other parts, dependent on the low pressure track."

Following the downpours will be fresher, cooler weather – before more storms roll in.


The forecast added: "Thundery rain clearing north Thursday, with heavy, thundery showers following.

"Further heavy and thundery showers Friday.

"Possibly a spell of wet and windy weather arriving in the west on Saturday."

The stormy spell follows a weekend of scorching sunshine, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoying their warmest Easter Monday on record.

England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.

Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.

The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.

Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter's biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.

The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.

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