BBC Weather forecast: Britain braces for heavy thunderstorms and brutal gale-force winds

BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor warned gales of up to 45mph could be damaging for southern parts of the country and thundery rain showers will dominate the picture for the next few days for all. The BBC meteorologist said persistent rain will hit almost every part of the country but particularly southern England and Wales on Thursday. Over the weekend the band of rain will move northwards and only a few people will enjoy rare dry spells. 

Mr Taylor said: “It’s going to be a case of dodging showers on Thursday, particularly across England and Wales.

“Maybe some more persistent rain to start across southern Scotland, that will only slowly turn lighter and patchier.

“But across England and Wales, we will see some heavy thundery showers pop up here and there.

“And around English Channel coasts, some gusty winds touching gale-force at times.”

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He added: “Into the end of the week winds go north-westerly, temperatures drop a little bit.

“But a lot more of dry weather around.

“A few showers here and there - the heaviest across Northern Ireland, north-west England and Wales.

“The odd rumble of thunder cannot be ruled out with temperatures at levels they should be for this stage and late April.”

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“Most parts keep a lot of cloud, but skies will break here and there, with lowest temperatures mostly in the range 5 to 8C.

“Winds remain primarily light but with a freshening Easterly across the far South later in the night, as more Atlantic systems bring further outbreaks rain to Devon and Cornwall by dawn.

“Over Scotland, Northern Ireland and the far North of England remaining showers fade into a chilly evening, to leave clear spells overnight.

“This coupled with generally light winds will allow another slight frost to form mostly over rural parts of Scotland and Northumberland, with lowest temperatures mainly in the range -1 to +3C.”

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