BBC Weather: Britons brace for heavy thunderstorms this weekend as warm spell comes to end

BBC Weather meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas warned the first bout of heavy rain will begin to hit southern England and south Wales starting from Friday afternoon. After a dry and settled start across most of the UK, the rain will start to push into the south of the country from the Channel Islands, sparking the odd "rumble of thunder" in the most affected areas. The BBC Weather forecaster said: "It's a fairly quiet start of the day for many areas.

"We’ve got some clear spells around but there is some rain on the way and, for some parts of southern England, that will be the first rain that we’ve had during April so far.

"A bit of a change in weather type through today. Still a lot of dry weather with lots of sunshine around too. But some much-needed rain, in fact, falling in some parts of England and South Wales.

"We’ve already had some showers overnight across the southeast but some heavier bursts of rain now pushing across southern England, the Channel Islands, and a little bit further north into south Wales as well."

Northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland are expected to remain mainly dry throughout the day although temperatures will be lower compared to the balmy conditions of the past few days.

Ms Keith-Lucas continued: "Plenty of sunshine across East Anglia towards northern England, north Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland too. A largely dry, settled story here.

"Temperatures only about 9C around the east coast of Scotland and northeast England as well but, for most of us, we’re looking at highs of about 11C-16C, so a little bit cooler than it was yesterday.

"As we move through the day into the evening hours we keep a fair amount of cloud in the south, again with some patchy rain, and clearer skies across the north.

"But later tonight another batch of pretty heavy showers and thunderstorms moves up from the English Channel so you may well hear the odd rumble of thunder across southern England, south Wales and into the Midlands, too.

"These showers further south tend to fizzle out through the course of the day. Underneath that cloud, we do see a few bright spells breakthrough.

"Temperatures up to about 17C, further north ticking to around 9C to 13C."

The Met Office however warned the rain could be heavy enough to cause some flash flooding although the risk remains low.

A Met Office spokesman told The Sun: "Northern parts of the country will stay dry and bright and the south will see heavy rain.

"A band of heavy rain will push southwards bringing up to 30 millimetres in a few spots.

"It's heavy but shouldn't last especially long.

"It's been exceptionally dry for April so far with only 13 per cent of the average month's rainfall."

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