UK weather: Brits to enjoy long spells of pleasant sunshine today with highs of 18C – but rain & thunder are on the way | The Sun

BRITS are set to bask in long spells of sunshine today with highs of 18C – but they should make the most of it.

Thunder and rain are expected to batter parts of the country this evening, the Met Office warned.

The forecasters said today's morning cloud is expected to clear and leave a fine day for many.

A high of 18C is expected for northern Scotland, with 16C forecasts dotted around the country, too.

It's expected to be warm in the sheltered north and west, with cloud likely to build in the south later – with showers expected in Devon and Cornwall.

The Met Office said the south-western areas are likely to hear the odd rumble of thunder, and brisk winds are expected on the coasts and in the higher hill areas.

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Everywhere else is expected to be fine and clear – which is forecast to stick around for the coming days.

The forecasters said that the showers in the southwest are looking to clear tomorrow – leaving the areas mostly dry with some cloud here and there.

And while it's looking to be mostly pleasant and sunny in other parts of the country tomorrow, it will feel cooler than recent days.

As the week goes on, the sunshine will stick around but it will be breezy,

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Heading into Saturday the days will turn cloudier, cooler and unsettled from the south and east – with showers and rain hitting most areas by the middle of the weekend.

It comes after Brits yesterday basked in 20C sun – hitting parks and beaches to soak in the rays.

A high of 20.2C was recorded just after noon in Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands.

The last time 20C was recorded in the UK was on November 13 last year.

A high of 18C was recorded in London in south-east England yesterday, with 16C expected in Cardiff, Wales, and 17C in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said Friday was when the weather was looking to turn.

He said: "There's a signal for some heavy rain which could work its way across central parts of England.

"There's confidence that the weather pattern is changing but we don't know exactly where, that's subject to uncertainty."

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