Parts of the country will see downpours this weekend, despite the time of year (Image: PA)

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Heavy showers will hit parts of the UK this weekend with temperatures plunging as low as 4C, before hopes that a 28C heatwave returns next week.

The south of the country in particular is expected to see downpours on Saturday and Sunday, though elsewhere will be spared a washout weekend.

It's a mixed bag for much of Britain, with the mercury anywhere from low single figures up to 22C, though even the hottest part may be marred by outbreaks of rain.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "For most of us it's looking drier and brighter than Friday's weather. Still some showers about, especially in the south.

The south of the country will be the worst affected by the rain on Saturday and Sunday
(Image: Met Office)

"The best of any breaks in the cloud – north west Scotland, south east England. That's where the temperatures will be at their lowest, into the single figures, 4C or 5C possible for sheltered parts of north west Scotland.

"A grey start to the weekend for many. There will be some decent sunny spells coming through but as temperatures rise we'll see some showers developing for parts of Cornwall, west and north west Wales, north Midlands, northern England parts of East Anglia.

"Very hit and miss these showers, some places will avoid them and stay dry and bright. "

Temperatures are a mixed bag but even warmer areas could be blighted by showers
(Image: Met Office)

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On Saturday the highest temperatures are expected to reach around 22C but by the evening there will be more outbreaks of showers.

For many Sunday will be a dry day, Mr McGivern added, but the rain will return to the south of England and Wales.

By Sunday afternoon there will be heavy and prolonged downpours which will take the edge off the temperatures.

Early forecasts for next week show a better picture however, with reports of the mercury potentially hitting 28C as June comes to an end.

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It comes after a suspected tornado hit London on Friday, as the Met Office issued thunderstorm warnings for parts of Britain.

Footage shared on social media showed collapsed garden walls, bricks strewn across driveways and fallen tree branches scattered across the road in the Barking area on Friday.

There are about 35 tornadoes on average in the UK each year which would possibly cover "tens to hundreds of metres" and not be on the large scale that you might find in the US, Met Office forecaster Matthew Box said.

Mr Box said: "The associated thunderstorms produced some very heavy and impactful rain over parts of north and east London and Essex which did result in flooding and travel disruption."

Some places are likely to have seen more than 40mm of rainfall in an hour.

Mr Box added that none of the Met Office's sites recorded the wind associated with the event, mainly because "it was on a small scale relatively speaking".

He said: "For those affected, there were very damaging winds."

Brits will be hoping they finally get more than a few days of summer, particularly for those on staycations
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Sunny spells developing in many areas today, though parts of southeast Scotland and northeast England staying dull. Scattered showers likely across the southern half of the UK, though many will escape the showers and remain dry. Less windy than yesterday.

Saturday night:

Many areas staying dry but turning cloudier overnight, cloud in North Sea coastal areas thick for patchy rain. Meanwhile, showers, some perhaps heavy, likely affect parts of southern England.


Warm sunny spells developing in many areas, but parts of eastern and central England may remain cloudy. Heavy showers, perhaps with thunder developing over parts of southern England.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Largely fine with warm sunny spells after some locally chilly nights. Cloudier with periods of rain, heavy and possibly thundery at times in the south, becoming confined to the southeast.