BRITAIN is set to be lashed by heavy rain and thunder tomorrow after a brief respite from downpours today.
The Met Office warned Thursday could see frequent showers and thunder in parts of the south and west.
There could also be patchy cloud and showers for the Irish Sea and English Channel coasts.
Despite this dismal forecast, the outlook for today looks slightly more positive – as there could be some sunny spells.
Many areas will start cloudy with rain in some places.
But there will be brighter skies across Northern Ireland – with the clear conditions spreading across most of the country.
The Environment Agency has 10 flood warnings and 56 alerts in force today, although the risk of flooding should subside as conditions dry out this afternoon.
The warnings and alerts are spread across England, from the south-west to the north-east.
A spokesman for netweather.tv told The Mirror: “A large area of low pressure out in the Atlantic will creep towards the north-west of Ireland on Thursday.
“(This) will bring a strengthening southwesterly wind across the west and also bring increasing showers or longer spells of rain across western areas through the day.
“Some showers also pushing in across southern counties and perhaps the Midlands.
“However, eastern areas of England and Scotland could stay dry and sunny until later in the day… even here (we) could see showers arrive in the evening.”
Forecaster Nicola Maxey added: “We have an unsettled week with quite a lot of rain.”
Parts of the UK have already seen more than half of their average monthly rainfall, the Met Office said.
Norfolk in East Anglia has been drenched, with 91 per cent of the county’s monthly rain falling already.
In the South West, Wiltshire has also had a wet October, experiencing 89 per cent of its average monthly rainfall so far.
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The UK as a whole has seen 55 per cent of its average monthly rainfall, which Ms Maxey said is not abnormal for this time of year.
She added: “When you get into winter, you tend to see long spells of rainfall and it comes across the whole month and it’s more evenly spread, but we’re in that transition period.”
The low pressure system is forecast to start moving across the country on Wednesday night, with a chance of thunder in the West.
Strong winds and locally heavy showers are expected, particularly in the West on Thursday and Friday.
The Met Office outlook reads: “Windy with sunshine and blustery scattered showers.
“These mainly in the west on Thursday extending to all areas through Friday and Saturday.
“Winds easing on Saturday with temperatures around average.”
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