UK weather forecast: Britain faces rain deluge before sun returns

Most of the rain will fall in the afternoon and will predominantly hit the south. However the Governments lockdown, aimed at slowing the spread of the deadly coronavirus, remains in place.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “These will be hit and miss as this is always the case but the threat from lightning is very real and from the South East of England in particular.”

These overnight thunderstorms will precede showery outbreaks on Saturday morning.

But in the north Saturday will be dry and clear.

Aidan McGivern continued: “Further north, Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, clear spells, a chilly start to Saturday with a touch of frost in places.

“Otherwise a largely sunny day to come north of around Cumbria.

“Further South a lot of low cloud, a gloomy day to come.”

Mr McGivern added: “Heavy rain early on, generally petering out, remaining fairly chilly with that layer of cloud.

“In the far south temperatures will rise through the afternoon perhaps sparking a further heavy shower or two.”

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However, Saturday night will be mostly dry ahead of a largely a sunny Sunday.

Met Office spokesman Craig Snell told the Sun: “[On Sunday] it will definitely be a more dry day across England and Wales, with warmer temperatures across the nation.

“These could climb to 19 and 20C (68F), while the London area could see highs of 21C (69.8F) with a lot more sunshine.

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“So if you want to head out into your gardens, that’s the day to do it.”

Although Sunday will be a pleasant day, Britons are still being told to remain in lockdown restrictions following the UK Government’s guidance.

These restrictions include only going outside for food, health reasons or work when you cannot work from home.

If you do go out, stay two metres away from other people at all times.

When you return, wash your wands as soon as you get home.

The Government warns that people can spread the virus even if they do not have symptoms.

This weekend’s weather forecast comes after a glorious Easter bank holiday which saw temperatures rise to 24C (75.2F).

Police and military boats patrolled the south coast ensuring the lockdown was enforced.

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