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UK heatwave: UK to see SIZZLING 29C heat as hot weather sweeps Europe – latest maps

As lockdown measures start to ease further in the UK, many of us are hoping for some warmer weather as we start to spend more time outdoors again. The Met Office is predicting highs of 23C on Thursday this week, and lots of rain for the UK on Friday, but according to weather maps things will really start to heat up later in July.

According to WXCHARTS maps, which use data from MetDesk, temperatures in the UK will start to increase next weekend.

In the week prior, much of the UK is forecast to see maximum temperatures within the ‘teens, but by Friday, July 10, many places will start seeing temperatures above 20C.

On Sunday, July 12, parts of the south-east of England will see highs of 25C, according to one chart.

On this date, other parts of eastern, northern and central England are also likely to see maximum temperatures above 20C, as will parts of Wales.

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And according to Netweather maps, the hot weather will continue into the following week as well.

On Wednesday, July 15, maps show much of southern, eastern and parts of northern England with maximum temperatures soaring above 25C.

Scorching maximum temperatures of 29C could also make an appearance in parts of the south.

Around this time, weather maps show scorching heat across other parts of Europe, particularly in France, Spain and Italy, where in some places maximum temperatures are forecast to near 40C.

The Met Office long-range weather forecast also suggests there will be some warm weather in parts of southern England around mid-July.

The Met Office forecast from July 6 to July 15 states the start of the period will see a “general settling trend” as rain and cloud in the south and showers in the north will “give way to higher pressure from the Atlantic”.

While some showers, rain and wind could still affect the whole country during this time, the Met Office state “these are likely to be fewer and further between than of late”.

Temperatures during this period are expected to remain “around average” for this time of year, however, the south is likely to see some warm and sunny weather.

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The forecast reads: “Temperatures will remain around average; often rather cool in the north and in more unsettled spells, to rather warm, or even locally warm and humid, in sunnier weather in the south.”

From July 16 to July 30, the Met Office is forecasting above-average temperatures with potential “hot episodes” across the south.

The forecast reads: “Most likely continuing settled overall, but confidence in the longer range forecast is low (typical for this time of year).

“Plenty of dry, fine weather around, with the most likely scenario seeing rain increasingly moving away from the northwest bringing more prolonged settled weather here too.

“A greater likelihood than earlier in the month of warm or even hot episodes across the south, especially south-east, with a chance, albeit still low, of thunderstorms.

“Temperatures are expected to be above average overall.”

According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, the odds are 2/1 for this July to be the hottest on record.

The odds are also 4/6 for Summer 2020 to be the hottest on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days and this may well go down as the hottest July on record as a result.”

He added: “As for the rest of the summer, following a scorching spring, things will only get hotter in the UK between now and the end of August and we’ve slashed odds on 2020 setting new weather records.”

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Brexit LIVE: ‘Too late!’ Boris Johnson blames EU for missing key trade talks deadline

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The UK missed Tuesday’s deadline to hand in 28 regulatory equivalency assessments to the EU relating to Britain’s financial service industry – a crucial sticking point in current trade negotiations. Brussels needs to use these documents to conclude whether it grants the city of London lucrative access to EU markets when the transition period ends on December 31, 2020. Earlier this week, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was left furious after confirming the UK had not completed the necessary equivalence assessments.

He said in a statement: “As you know, the political declaration committed us to ‘best endeavours’ to finalise our respective assessments by the end of June.

“The European Commission has therefore sent questionnaires to the UK, covering 28 areas where equivalence assessments are possible. So far, the UK has only answered four of these questionnaires. So we are not there yet.”

But the UK has instead blamed Brussels for the missed deadline, with the Government claiming it received the 1,000-plus pages of questions in April and May, with the last 248 pages arriving on May 25.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman insisted: “We have completed our own proportionate and thorough assessment of the EU on time.

“What we are doing is returning over 1,000 pages of questionnaires that were sent by the EU to the UK late.

“These are straightforward assessments as we start from having similar rules and a history of co-operation and we are ready to reach comprehensive findings of equivalence once the EU has clarified its position.”

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Theresa May slams appointment of David Frost to senior security role

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The fuming ex-prime minister said David Frost had “no proven expertise” to take on a job so pivotal in keeping the country safe. Mr Frost replaces chief civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill, ousted amid claims mandarins are being driven out in a radical Whitehall overhaul. Normally restrained Mrs May was unable to hide her anger during a Commons clash with Cabinet minister Michael Gove yesterday. 

She said: “I served on the National Security Council for nine years. During that time I listened to the expert independent advice from national security advisers.”

She pointed out Mr Gove had talked of promoting people “with proven expertise” and demanded: “Why then is the new national security adviser a political appointee with no proven expertise in national security?” 

Sir Mark is also stepping down as Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service after reports of clashes with Dominic Cummings. 

Mr Gove insisted Mr Frost, who served in the Foreign Office, worked in the private sector and later took over Brexit talks, was an expert. 

He added: “We have had previous national security advisers, all excellent, not all necessarily people steeped in the security world, some of whom were distinguished diplomats in their own right. 

“David Frost is a distinguished diplomat and it is appropriate the prime minister of the day should choose an adviser appropriate to the needs of the hour.” 

Tory MP Peter Bone said if the Government was going down the US route of making political appointments to key adviser roles, it should allow “confirmation hearings” to give the Commons a say. 

But ex-Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell said: “It’s sensible to have the national security adviser separate from the head of the Civil Service.” 

Ex-ambassador to the US Lord Kerr said Mr Frost had resilience and stamina but was in a difficult position.

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UK weather map: July heatwave to bring 110F blast to continent as charts turn blood RED

The end of June has seen temperatures dip back down to the low 20C, with the highs of 33C replaced by cloudy skies and chilling winds. However, as we head into July temperatures could once more shift to see heatwave conditions sweep the country.

According to forecasters, Europe will be facing sweltering heat as July begins, with up to 43C – 110F – possible in Spain on the weekend of July 4 and 5.

Much of the continent will experience highs of above 30C at the beginning of July.

In France, conditions will be slightly cooler than that of Spain, with highs of 31.5C on Saturday but increasing to 33C to the south of the country on Wednesday, July 8.

While highs of 40C may not be felt across the UK, temperatures will once again pick up in the UK in July.

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From Monday, July 12, the Met Office long-range forecast predicts a warmer weather pattern for the UK.

The forecast reads: “It looks as if relatively dry, settled and warm conditions may be established at the start of this period, bringing some sunshine for most parts, particular southern and central areas.

“The northwest may still be more changeable with nearer normal temperatures.”

According to maps from WXCharts, the UK may see highs of 24C over this coming weekend, with temperatures rising in time for lockdown restrictions easing.

From Saturday, July 4, England’s pubs, restaurants and cinemas will be allowed to reopen as long as social distancing measures can be ensured.

This means beer gardens will once again be open, and Britons can spend time in the sunshine with a pint.

However, Britons have been cautioned to stick to social distancing guidelines after thousands flocked to beaches when hot weather hit in June. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Brits to “stop taking too many liberties” ahead of lockdown measures easing this weekend.

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  • BBC Weather: Record-breaking highs chased from Europe by strong winds

Weather maps show in the first full week of July temperatures will continue to rise across the country, with up to 26C possible in London by Friday, July 10.

There could be interludes of both sunny and rainy conditions, with a “very windy wet spell” forecast at the end of this week.

Maps from WXCharts also show temperatures rising from Saturday, July 4 onwards – turning red as the mercury heats up.

The Met Office long-range forecast states: “The best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.”

However, it is the second week of July which will see improvement, with “signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again.”

Netweather maps forecast 27C in the south of England on July 14, with maps turning red with heat that week.

Forecasts from Met Check also predict hot weather in July, as despite “a mixed start to the month” the middle of the month will see “high pressure starting to become more dominant”.

This means conditions will turn “warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.”

These areas of high pressure are forecast to push away any low pressure, bringing highs again to the UK.

Netweather charts also show the heat returning to Britain, with temperature maps forecasting 26C highs by Thursday, July 9.

A forecast for the month ahead from Met Check reads: “A mixed start to the month is expected with low pressure continuing to dominate the weather and somewhat cool for Northern and Northwestern areas.

“An improving picture for the middle of the month with high pressure starting to become more dominant and turning warm across many parts of Central and Southern areas with hot weather possible for parts of England.

“Turning thundery later in the month as low pressure tries to move in once again from the West with plumes approaching from the South.”

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Paris gunman: Major train station La Defense evacuated – armed police at scene

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A statement from the city’s subway system said: “Trains no longer mark the stop at La Défense station on the order of the Police Prefecture.”

In response, one user on Twitter replied: “Armed person at La Defense.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Incident in progress in the district of # LaDéfense.

“The @Prefet92 requested to stay confined to buildings because of the presence of an armed man.”

Ligne L SNCF, which tracks real-time traffic on the rail lines, tweeted: “LA DEFENSE station is being evacuated. Approach the officers at the station for more information.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow….

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Labour civil war: ANOTHER Corbyn ally gone as Keir Starmer braces for explosive stand off

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Just days after the labour Party leader sacked his shadow education secretary and former leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey, another close ally of his predecessor is to be replaced at the top of the party.

In a message to directors, the Labour Party said: “An update. Thomas Gardiner has decided to move on to new opportunities.

“An acting Director of GLU will be announced shortly.”

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Honeymoon’s over! Ireland’s bizarre new coalition government ALREADY facing controversy

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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin was elected as the country’s new taoiseach (prime minister) on Saturday, heading a coalition with Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael. The two parties were forced to join forces following a surprising election surge for leftist Irish nationalists Sinn Fein. It meant neither of the traditional centrist parties with enough support to govern on its own. They are joined in the coalition by the Greens. Mr Martin is expected to step aside halfway through the five-year term to allow to allow outgoing leader Mr Varadkar to return to the post.

But the formation of the new coalition Government over the weekend has already sparked fury among women’s rights groups with the appointment of just four Cabinet ministers.

These are Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, Education Minister Norma Foley, Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys and Minister for Culture, Arts, Media, Tourism and Sport Catherine Martin.

Ciairín de Buis, chief executive of Women for Election said: “It is disappointing that once again a Government has missed the opportunity to appoint a balanced Cabinet.

“Just 22 women have held full Cabinet ranks since the foundation of the State. That’s not good enough.

“It’s not enough to say there aren’t enough women in the Dáil to appoint a balanced cabinet.

“This isn’t inevitable, it’s not like the sun setting every evening – there aren’t enough women in the Dáil because of systematic barriers to their full participation in Irish political life.

“We need political leadership to see change across all levels of politics; this was a missed opportunity to see more women at Cabinet level.

“While it is very welcome that two women have been appointed as ‘super juniors’, I’ve no doubt that both women and many others would have been more than capable of serving in a senior Cabinet role.”

Ms de Buis added although nine of the Mr Martin’s 11 Seanad (upper house) appointees are women is a “positive development, it also shows up the gaps in Irish politics because if there was no problem finding those nine women to take those roles, it would make you question why the same can’t be done elsewhere”.

She said: “We need quotas at a local level. We need more women, in all our diversity, across all levels of politics.

“All of the women appointed to the Seanad this weekend are very capable. But if the Seanad is the only arena where there is full female representation it won’t ripple out across all levels of politics.

“We know the local elections are in the calendar and the Government should begin planning for this.”

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The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) also lashed out at the “repeatedly low number of women in Cabinet”.

NWCI director Orla O’Connor said: “It is really disappointing that in 2020 we will still only have four women as Cabinet Ministers.

“The current make-up of the Cabinet is a direct result of the missed opportunity by the two main political parties to run sufficient numbers of women on electable seats during the last general election.

“Four women do not even meet the current quota of 30 per cent where we can begin to address gender balance, let alone the desired 50/50 split that has been achieved in many other countries across the world.

“It will be crucial now that all Ministers promote women’s equality over the next Dáil term. The decisions they make in both appointments to senior decision-making bodies and the policies they implement must show a renewed commitment to advancing women’s rights.”

Mr Martin was elected by 93 votes to 63 on Saturday after also securing the support from some independent MPs.

Deputy Prime Minister Mr Varadkar was named Trade Minister, while Finance Minister Pashcal Donohoe and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney retained their positions.

The new coalition came about after Sinn Fein shocked the political establishment in February’s election by securing more votes than the opposition parties.

It now has 37 seats in the 160-seat parliament, which is the same number as Fianna Fail and two more than Fine Gael.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald quickly sent a huge warning to the two parties, and said: “You will no longer get it all your own way.”

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Left-wing activists hit by backlash as bid to change Newcastle uni building name REJECTED

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As part of the Black Lives Matter leftwing movement pulling down statues and attempting to rewrite and erase British history, leftwing students at Newcastle targeted the name of the grade 2 listed building named after William Armstrong, the first Baron Armstrong, who was a major benefactor to the north east city.

A vote held on campus resulted in 78 percent rejecting renaming the building and only 18 percent supporting it while 4 percent abstained.

The vote was held because Baron Armstrong, who received his peerage in the year of Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, made money selling weapons including to Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia.

However, the industrialist and engineer provided thousands of jobs in Tyneside and was a major benefactor to the region.

William Hayes, the faith and belief student union officer and son of former minister Sir John Hayes, was one of the team of Conservative campaigners who managed to save Baron Armstrong’s memory.

He said: “I am delighted to see the good name of Armstrong maintained at the university. He was a major benefactor to Newcastle, the university and Tyneside and it would have been shameful and destructive to remove his name in this manner and erase him from history.

“This was a victory for common sense.”

The row has echoes over the campaign to remove Rhodes’ statue from Oriel College at Oxford University where the authorities are now consulting on taking it down.

However, the result at Newcastle is being widely seen as a fightback by “the silent majority” with a survey by the thinktank Policy Exchange showing that seven in 10 people are proud of Britain’s history and oppose removing statues and memorials by “a vocal minority.”

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Police vow to crackdown on parties as violence on streets increases

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Boris Johnson is expected to use a speech on Tuesday to lay out his vision of using infrastructure to “level up” opportunity around the nation and to fire up the economy as it emerges from the worst of the coronavirus crisis.

Dubbed Project Speed in Downing Street, his plans will create a taskforce headed by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, with the aim of removing bottlenecks and slashing the time it takes to bring schemes to realisation.

Mr Johnson has already committed to more than £250billion of projects but is to spend billions more accelerating plans for new schools, hospitals, prisons and a revamp of the road network.

It comes as the MPs who helped him sweep away Labour’s “red wall” in December issue a 10-point unofficial manifesto of what Mr Johnson needs to do to repay the trust of new Tory voters in the north of England, Midlands and Wales.

Their demands include fast broadband for every household, urgent investment in transport and high streets, a tougher approach to law and order, more apprenticeships and an acceleration of the “levelling up” agenda.

However, those MPs look set to be pleased with Mr Johnson’s announcement, as the new taskforce will ensure projects are “dramatically accelerated” to “revitalise the UK economy”.

Sources close to the Prime Minister have noted his recognition that the Government was elected on a manifesto “committed to uniting and levelling up the country”, and he has always placed high-quality infrastructure at the heart of delivering this pledge to boost jobs, productivity and growth.

He will point out in Tuesday’s speech that the UK “has a proud heritage in building outstanding infrastructure – from the Victorians’ pioneering railways, to the Thames Barrier that protects millions of Londoners from flooding”. But it is understood that he is worried that in the past, it has often taken years – if not decades – to take a project from idea to completion, so people have not seen the benefits until far too late.

The Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce will look across the full range of public investment projects and cut delivery times. It will address outdated practices and identify blocks to progress, so projects are delivered more quickly and efficiently to best meet the needs of the people they are designed for.

This approach will be applied to trailblazer projects including 40 new hospitals, 10,000 prison places and school rebuilding.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The coronavirus response has shown that it doesn’t have to take years to get essential projects off the ground – the Nightingale hospitals and ventilator challenge were up and running in weeks.

“As we recover from the pandemic we must apply that same urgency to the major projects at the foundations of this country and get them done right, to level up opportunity across the UK. There’s now no excuse for delays. Infrastructure has the power to rebuild and repair our country – and we will do it better, faster and more strategically than before.” Meanwhile, the new generation of Conservative MPs who won the trust of voters in Britain’s former industrial heartlands have set out how Mr Johnson can deliver for their communities.

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson, an ex-miner, wants Britain restored as a manufacturing powerhouse. He said: “We still have that in our DNA and we want to get back to that.” He welcomes pledges to deliver extra police and would like prisoners to serve full sentences.

Mark Fletcher, who stood against Labour firebrand Dennis Skinner, has pushed for Bolsover to be designated a “green enterprise zone” in the hope it will become a centre for low-carbon manufacturing and research.

Mansfield’s Ben Bradley wants to see the “levelling up agenda supercharged”. He wants colleges to “offer premises, staff time and expertise to support budding entrepreneurs” and calls for the creation of new courses – offered free to anyone who has lost a job – that will give them the skills they need to find work in growing parts of the economy.

Alexander Stafford, who took Rother Valley from Labour, met with the chancellor a fortnight ago and insists the Government has not lost its enthusiasm for levelling up. Esther McVey, who heads up the 169-strong group of Blue Collar Conservative MPs, has made the case to scrap business rates to save the high street and provide superfast broadband to all homes. North West Durham MP Richard Holden said: “We want to focus on that levelling-up agenda to continue repaying the trust the British people placed in us.”

Death toll has now risen to 43,514 there were 100 more coronavirus deaths recorded yesterday.

This figure is down from last Saturday’s 130 deaths.

It also represents the lowest Saturday total since March 21.

The Department of Health and Social Care says there have now been a total of 43,514 deaths.

Red Wall Tories’ Top 10 calls for action. Supercharge the levelling-up agenda and invest in the buildings and infrastructure in the North and Midlands, ending the focus on London and the South-East. Promote digital inclusion – bring high-quality broadband to every home. Save our high streets by giving them not just a facelift but a real cash injection. Replace business rates with a fairer sales tax of which Amazon pays its fair share . Massively expand the number of apprenticeships. Get tough on law and order. Build thousands of affordable homes. Invest in local transport. Make Britain the world leader in green technology. Make Britain a manufacturing powerhouse again

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UK weather forecast: Violent storms and heavy rain to pummel Britain today – horror maps

The UK’s record-breaking heatwave has come to end with a new low-pressure system sweeping across the country today, bringing with it thundery showers and violent storms. While many will be eager for a chance to cool down after this week’s searing temperatures, the Met Office has issued a raft of weather warnings for rain. And weather forecasters say we could be in for a dreary weekend, as the hot and humid temperatures die out in favour of some damp and drizzly conditions.

“Intense thunderstorms” are expected to continue in the north of the country and towards Scotland, where the Met Office warns heavy showers “may bring 10 to 20mm per hour for some places during Saturday”.

Met Check warned the “heaviest, most frequent and prolonged showers” are likely to be found across parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland today – but scattered showers are expected across the whole of the UK.

The forecast said: “A big change in the weather across many parts of Britain and Ireland this weekend as low pressure moves in from the west, pushing away the hot and humid conditions of recent days to leave a cooler and fresher weekend with showers or longer spells of rain affecting most regions.

“Already this morning showery outbreaks of rain are moving in from the southwest around that area of low pressure, some of the showers locally quite heavy and even bringing a rumble or two of thunder in places.

“If you are lucky enough to start the day off on a dry note it’s unlikely to last with most places catching at least a shower and some areas seeing some pretty heavy and perhaps thundery downpours which could merge into longer spells of rain at times.”

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Temperatures are expected to peak at a maximum of 23C in the UK today – but no where near the highs much of Britain has seen this week.

The mercury reached its peak on Thursday after 33.4C (92.1F) was recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London. And on Friday, temperatures reached a maximum of 31.2C, recorded at Kew Gardens in London.

Today, however, the UK will see a drop of about 10C with many waking up to lows of 13C this morning.

Into the rest of the day, temperatures will remain steady at about 14C to 15C, with some parts struggling to reach 20C.

The changeable conditions come as an area of low pressure swoops in over Britain today, bringing the potential for wide spread showers across most of the country.

The Netweather TV forecast for this weekend reads: “An area of low pressure will move northeast across Ireland towards the west of Scotland during Saturday, spreading fronts across the UK bringing bands of showers across many areas, showers locally heavy with thunder in places.

“Some dry and sunny intervals at times too. A breezy day and feeling much fresher across all parts with the warm and humid plume shoved away to the east by low pressure moving in.

“Temperatures reaching 16 to 19C across the north and west, 19 to 21C across the south and east.”

Forecaster Nick Finnis added an “upper low will move in from the Atlantic across Ireland on Saturday, with surface low over Ireland drifting north and deepening to be centred close to the west of Scotland by 00z Sunday.

“Unstable warm/moist plume of the last few days has cleared most of Britain but still hangs on for a time across the far N and NE of Scotland, where elevated thunderstorms continue to spread NW here for a time this morning, bringing heavy rain and frequent lightning, before clearing away here, though may affect the Northern Isles for a time.

“Otherwise, cooler showery regime spreads northeast across all parts through Saturday behind occluding cold front clearing N and E across the UK this morning, bringing a band of rain.

“Showers will spiral N and NE across the UK around the low moving N over Ireland. Any storms may produce hail, gusty winds and localised flooding.

“Thunderstorms most likely from Wales/Midlands/Cambs northwards, so 30 percent probabilities mapped here, though isolated lightning possible with any heavier showers south of this.”

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Met Office Operational Meteorologist Martin Bowles warned “here will be frequent showers with heavy thunder.”

He told The Sun Online: “On Saturday we are talking about most parts of the country having potential for showers which could be heavy particularly in the Midlands and Northern England and Northern Ireland.

“There are some weather warning for thunderstorms and rain in Scotland which could cause some minor local flooding.

“On Sunday there will be a bit more of the same – showers will be less frequent. Most of the showers and the strong winds will be in Scotland.”

However, ITV forecasts the thunderstorms will slowly clear on Saturday.

Showers will become heaviest and most prolonged in the north, but “it will generally feel fresher than of late with temperatures much lower, and it will also become rather windy across many central and southern parts,” the forecast says.

The Weather Outlook adds: “Saturday starts with outbreaks of rain affecting much of the UK and there are still some thunderstorms in eastern Scotland.

“Through the day showery bands of rain spread northeastwards and some heavy bursts are likely to be mixed in.

“Despite that there will be sunny spells too with the best of them in the south this afternoon.”

Sunday is expected to bring more rain, although storms are forecast to be less frequent.

Parts of Britain could also see some sunny spells this weekend, although with markedly lower temperatures.

The Met Office forecast for Sunday says: “Heavy and persistent rain in parts of northwestern Britain. Sunny spells and scattered, blustery showers in the south.

“Windy for many with coastal gales in north. Much cooler again.”

Today’s forecast comes after parts of Yorkshire were pelted with giant hailstones the size of a £2 coin on Friday afternoon.

Images of the massive hailstones – about 4cm in size – were posted on social media as witnesses were in awe of their gigantic size.

Craig Snell, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said hailstones seen in winter were “quite small”, but heat in summer months gives thunderstorms more energy.

This “helps keep the hailstones up in the clouds for longer, they get to grow more and then fall from the sky.”

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