Relentless thunderstorms and 50mph winds to blast Britain as downpours continue

Thunderstorms and 50mph winds will rip through the UK today, although Brits can expect a break from the October washout next week.

Lightning will strike south-west, south and south-east England today, moving to west Wales in the evening.

Wind gusts of up to 50mph are also expected to batter coastal areas, the Met Office says.

Despite the poor weather , it looks like the recent downpours could stop for a short period of time next week.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern told the Daily Star: "It's another showery day for large parts of the country, with Friday set to be the wettest day of the weekend.

"We could see between 25-30mm of rainfall in the south of Wales, with the potential for some localised issues. The west of England will also experience heavy rain.

"The English Channel areas are likely to see strong gales of up to 45-50mph."

A spokesman said: "Another day of sunshine and showers on Friday as low pressure continues to move in from the west, frequent showers from the word go across southern and western areas in the morning.

"Then becoming more widespread through the day, showers most frequent in the west, with a risk of hail and thunder.

"Some sunny spells between the showers. It will be windy in the south too. Temperatures reaching 12 to 15C.

"It looks to turn drier early next week – as high pressure builds in from the west, though it could turn unsettled again towards the end of the week."

Further thundery showers are expected over the weekend.

This evening it will be dry with clear spells for many northern and eastern areas but there will be scattered showers in the south and west.

Tomorrow the day will be mostly cloudy with rain in northern and eastern Scotland.

Elsewhere there will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

The best chance of dry and bright weather is in Northern Ireland and southern England.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy with frequent showers in the north-east.

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