UK weather sees clouds blanket Britain after World Cup exit with thunderstorms to hit TODAY – but 28C sun to return for weekend

But although it may not feel like it for football fans, sunshine is expected to return, with most of the UK set to bask once more in 28C on Sunday.

By the weekend the drizzles should mostly be confined to the far northwest, after a period of thundery showers affecting Scotland, Wales and much of England today and tomorrow.

However, for those sunsafe Brits who have had enough of sweltering temperatures and glaring sun, clouds and thunderstorms are set to roll in today – with a yellow warning issued for tomorrow.

Regions such as London and south-east England, the North West, South West, Wales and the West Midlands are at risk of downpours.

It is only the second thunderstorm warning to be issued since the new alert was introduced last month and it states that heavy showers in some places could bring "around 20mm (0.8in) in an hour", while others will remain dry.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: "You can get a lot of rain in a short time. You can get flooding issues with people driving on roads facing large puddles.

"It is a be prepared warning so it is not expected to cause problems but people need to be aware of it."

The warning states: "Heavy showers, which will most likely become thundery in places, are expected to develop quite widely across parts of England and Wales later Friday morning and through the afternoon.

"Some of the showers are likely to become focused into slow-moving bands, particularly over south-west England, with some locations receiving around 20mm in an hour.

"As is the nature of showers however, many places within the warning area will miss them altogether, and have a dry day."

Despite the downpours, which could see some lightning strikes, many people across the country will still be able to enjoy a very warm 27C-28C summer day today.

Anyone in a thunderstorm area and further east could see the temperature drop to around 20C .

Although the England football team was knocked out of the runnings for a World Cup victory last night, plans for weekend barbecues shouldn't be entirely shelved.

London is predicted to enjoy highs of 28C on Sunday, with both weekend days looking to be warm and sunny.

The rest of the country should remain dry and hot until Monday, when some more widespread showers could arrive.

Lurking on the horizon is tropical Hurricane Chris – which is moving across the Atlantic and was yesterday upgraded to a category 2 hurricane.

It is expected to pick up hurricane speed winds of up to 90mph at sea as it brings cooler temperatures and damp conditions for the UK, possibly set to hit early next week.

The path is will take is unclear at this stage, but it would be a former hurricane by the time it reaches Britain.

It may arrive to the north, near Iceland, bringing showery and cooler weather next week.

Or it could end up in the south, in the Bay of Biscay off Spain, in which case it may pull even warmer air up from the Iberian Peninsula.

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