UK weather forecast – Heatwave scorcher comes to an end as temperatures drop before days of heavy rain and thunderstorms

THUNDERSTORMS will put a stop to the recent May heatwave, as temperatures plummet across the UK.

Showers are set to dampen the sunny weather today, with rain across southeast England this morning.

The country should expect a breezy and cooler Friday with risk of heavier rain in the West.

Temperatures will stay between 11C in the North, rising to the mid-teens elsewhere and reaching 16C in London this afternoon.

But tonight will feel even breezier and chillier, while west Scotland in particular will face persistent showers.

The cooler climate comes after days of scorching sunshine, including the hottest day of the year so far.

Tuesday topped the temperature charts, with the mercury hitting a balmy 27.5C in Heathrow during the afternoon.

It meant the weather was better here than in holiday hotspot Santorini, where it reached only 26C.

But the heat was followed by grey skies and overnight downpours for many.

Heading into this weekend, the UK can expect some rainy weather – from oubreaks of drizzle to full blown thunder and lightning.

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Saturday will most likely be drier and brighter than today, feeling slightly warmer with highs of 18C in some areas.

However, thick clouds will move into western areas bringing rain to the Northwest later.

From Sunday onwards, Brits will experienced unsettled bouts of both showers and sunny spells.

There will be wind in the North, although temperatures remain mild and might even reach 20C again on Sunday afternoon.

There is even a possibility of "blood rain" this week as rain clouds mix with red-coloured dust.

The phenomenon occurs when dust particles from the Sahara are absorbed by clouds moving towards the UK and fall as rain that looks like blood.

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