There will be a brief respite from the heavy rainfall this weekend as the summer sunshine makes a welcome appearance.
The weather should be fairly nice today, with sunny intervals across parts of the UK this morning and consistent sunshine later on in central and north-east England.
Things will really pick up for the Summer Solstice tomorrow when much of the country will bask in sunshine, with Wales and south-west England enjoying the best weather.
Temperatures will be fairly low, with highs of around 19C, although it will feel a lot warmer thanks to low winds and little cloud.
Saturday will see the mercury rise slightly as all of Wales and sections of England enjoy a sunny day, although Sunday will be overcast.
A netweather.tv spokesman said: “Friday is the Summer Solstice and in a timely manner for a change, high pressure will build in from the south during the day, so although there will be some showers at first affecting mostly northern and northwestern parts, many places will be or become dry and fine through the day.
“Just a few showers may keep going in the far north-west. High pressure still in charge taking us into Saturday, so most places staying dry and fine with decent sunny spells, with any showers confined to the far north, temperatures up a notch on Friday’s – reaching 18C in the north to 22C in the south.
“Sunday may start dry and fine for many… Eastern areas likely staying dry, bright and warm, with a southeasterly flow lifting temperatures as high as 22 to 24C in the south.”
Netweather warned that there could be some heavy rain on Sunday west England.
The weather will take a turn for the worse next week, when thunderstorms are expected to return with a vengeance.
The Met Office predicts potential torrential downpours in central and eastern England early next week.
Lightning and heavy rainfall is likely in the middle of the week across the same areas, forecasters say.
There could be a return of the flooding witnessed across the country in the past week, which saw the Met Office issue an amber ‘danger to life’ weather warning.
June has been a washout this year, with the month looking likely to be one of the wettest on record.
The dampest recorded June was in 2012, although it appears this month will smash that record given the extreme rainfall in recent days.
Last weekend, parts of Lincolnshire were battered by two months’ rain fell in the space of 48 hours.
Dramatic pictures have shown cars being caught in floods and even a cricket club in Worcestershire completely submerged in water.
Thunderstorms ravaged parts of south and south-east England on Tuesday night, with lighting spotted over Brighton.
Improved weather is on the horizon though, with next weekend likely to be a scorcher as the summer sunshine makes an appearance.
Friday and Saturday will see the mercury shoot up to 27C in some places, with both days likely to be sunny.
The temperature will dip slightly on Sunday, however it should still be a mostly sunny day.
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