Thunderstorms and heavy rain bringing ‘miserable’ weather conditions for the UK

Wednesday will be a wet one for much of the country with heavy rain and thunderstorms bringing 'miserable' conditions.

Around 40mm of rain is expected to hit large parts of the Midlands, East of England and the Home Counties in just two hours.

The wet conditions will move in from the west of the country, and despite temperatures approaching 20c there's the risk of thunderstorms later in the day.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "We've got rain and a strengthening wind pushing in at the start of Wednesday so miserable conditions here.

"South west England and Wales first thing Wednesday; driving rain. That rain then moves into the Midlands and south east England, east Anglia."

Temperatures are expected to peak at 19c during the day with humid conditions in central England.

"If we get some cloud breaks, breaking up over the mountains of Wales that could spark of some heavy showers and thunderstorms," Mr McGiven added. 

Last night the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms, the colour indicating "a danger to life".

The warning comes into effect from 2pm today and is due to stay in place until 10pm, stretching across the midlands from Birmingham to Norwich.

Despite the washout summer, Scotland and the very north of England are forecast to stay mostly dry for today at least.

It comes after a night that saw temperatures in some parts of Scotland drop to as low as 2C, despite it being the middle of August.

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