Met Office issues yellow warning as thunderstorm strikes ahead of wet weekend

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Parts of the UK could be hit by a 10-hour thunderstorm ahead of the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across areas of Britain with lightning, heavy showers and even some unseasonable hail forecast in the Midlands, South West of England and Wales.

A considerable 90% of Wales is included in the weather warning, which also covers a sizeable area stretching from Birmingham and Bath down to Plymouth in Devon and Salisbury in Wiltshire.

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The yellow warning is not expected to be lifted until Friday (July 1) evening.

BBC forecaster Chris Fawkes said: “What you will notice over the next few days is that the winds will become really quite light and so where those showers form and they are going to be quite widespread, they are going to be slow moving in nature, some of them turning heavy, with some hail and thunder, we might even get some flash flooding from the heaviest of the downpours as well."

Chris added: "Temperatures similar to what we have seen over recent days, high teens across western areas, low 20Cs in the warmest spots further east."

Looking further ahead, the Met Office predicted that there will be an "unsettled weekend of sunny spells and scattered showers, occasionally heavy, mainly in the north and west".

They then added: "More settled from Monday with any rain becoming confined to the northwest."

The red-hot weather is expected to return, however, during the latter part of next week.

Sky News' weather producer, Joanna Robinson, said: "After the showery conditions over the last few days, high pressure should settle things down next week, while turning a bit warmer too.

"There are signs that settled conditions will last through much of July, especially in the south.

"Some computer models are suggesting very high temperatures for the UK by the middle of the month, but the majority of others don't support that, with a large spread given.

"Wind direction – where the air is coming from – will make a big difference.

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