It Could Go Bang!
As far as the summer so far has gone, recent days have been as dry and sunny as it's we've seen, and with temperatures and humidity increasing up into the mid-high twenties it'll feel even more summer like, but it's by no means sunny and dry.
Today we have patchy rain affecting Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, along with the odd shower elsewhere. At this stage the majority of the rain is on the light side, but as we progress through the day it will tend to pep up, with some additional showers also developing - particularly into central and eastern England.
Some of these showers could also become thundery - particularly in the east where one or two fairly spiky storms could develop later in the day before clearing away into the north sea.
Beyond that it's all eyes to the southwest with a front pushing up across the country running into conditions which will by this stage be primed for storms to develop. The process starts in the early hours for the southwest, pushing northeast through the day.
The rain could be torrential at times with some really quite potent potentially developing before it all clears away to the north of Scotland later on Thursday night, into Friday morning. Frequent lightning, hail and gusting winds are the risks in addition to the very heavy rainfall, with just about all parts of the UK in with a shot of seeing some severe conditions for a time as the front moves through.
By Friday the humidity and heat will have cleared, with a much cooler, fresher feel to the weather. Sunshine and showers will then become a well worn phrase right through the weekend with northern and western regions seeing the majority - but not all of the showers.
27th June 2012 10:14 Updated: 27th June 2012 10:14