BBC Weather: Curtain of rain to batter Britain before temperatures rocket this weekend

 has forecast heavy rain and thunder to batter Britain from Thursday which will give way to balmy temperatures expected to grip the nation the weekend. BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor said showers persist through the day on Thursday before clearing at the weekend, with the rainy weather system bringing forth a wave of heat after a slump on Friday. Mr Taylor said: "Showers will be more prevalent in the north and west of the country, we’ll see a bit more sunshine developing across England and Wales as we go through the day.

"We start with lots of clouds in the Midlands, western England, fairly grey start to your Thursday morning – some outbreaks of rain, drizzle coming and going through the morning slowly brightening up from the West.

"For Northern Ireland and northern Scotland we will see showers develop fairly widely through today, some of those could become heavy and thundery.

"Few showers through northern England through parts of north Wales and a few still lingering across East Anglia and the far South East later on."

Moving into Friday, Mr Taylor continued: "Many will start the day bright but it will be the day to take waterproof with you because rain, quite heavy through the morning rush hour through parts of central, south-west England, Wales and Northern Ireland will spread its way erratically northwards and eastwards.

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"In this area we will see the strongest of the winds, could get to gale-force around some coasts, temperatures will be down than recent days, around 16C-20C at best."

"Rain clearing for Saturday and then going back to a story of sunshine and showers still a bit of a breeze and temperatures creeping up."

Temperatures across the UK are expected to rise further next week, following the dip in the mercury as this week ends with a wet weather front pummelling the UK.

According to the latest weather charts, warmer air from the continent will move across Britain on Sunday, before the country heats up on Monday and Tuesday, expected to nudge thermometers towards 31C in London.

The ’s long-range forecast also predicted temperatures across the south and east of the UK to be “rather warm and humid at times” towards the end of the month and into August.

Brian Gaze, forecaster for the Weather Outlook, has predicted the south and east of the UK will see the best of the conditions as a warm-weather system moves in from across the continent.

Mr Gaze said: “The dome of heat over the continent is forecast to extend to the UK later in July and August during school holidays.

“Several spells reaching 32C in the UK are expected by the end of August.”

WxCHARTS are predicting highs of 27C in Scotland and 32C in the South East towards the end of next week. Before this rise in temperatures, however, the north of the UK will be struck by heavy rain and a slight increase in wind speed this week.

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