Brits to sizzle in 23C heat before ‘intense’ storms and ‘thundery downpours’

It will be a mixed bag of weather over the next few days, swinging from blazing sunshine to heavy, thundery downpours.

While June started with weather that made Ibiza look like the Antarctic, things have turned much cooler and wetter in the last two weeks.

The good news is for some parts of the UK on Friday you would be forgiven for thinking you are soaking in the sun rays on the Costa del Sol sipping on a Piña colada.

Weather forecasters are predicting that large parts of Britain will push above 20C as the country heads into the weekend.

London and the south east will see the best of the hot weather with temperatures set to hit 23C.

However, it will all come crashing down on Saturday and Sunday when storms and heavy rain sweep in with intense downfalls for many.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin told The Sun: “If you are looking for warm, sunny skies make the most of the short term because we are going to see a shift in weather patterns are we go through the weekend with the potential for heavy, thundery downpours."

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Next week could see the mercury rising to 25C as a result of a 'sub-tropical plume' with forecaster Netweather showing the heatwave will peak on July 8.

“Next week looks mixed at best as weather systems from the Atlantic push back in and the jet stream will be stronger than it normally is for this time of the year," added Alex Deakin.

“The winds are continuing to come up from the south so it will stay mild.

"It is not going to be windy so where we do get downpours, they are going to be slow moving. Not everywhere will see them. Be prepared for a downpour, but don't be surprised if you don't see one."

According to the Met Office, most places will see sunshine on Friday, it said: "Sunny spells for most areas. Largely dry in the far north and far south, but some showers elsewhere, especially southern Scotland and northern England where some of these heavy with the risk of thunder."

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