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Met Office says when hot spell comes to thunderous end

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There will be almost unbroken sunshine in Bristol today but it could all come to a crashing end from tomorrow evening with a Met Office forecast for thunderstorms in place until Friday morning.

The city is set to see the sun only partially blocked out by cloud on Tuesday and most of Wednesday but we need to be braced for sudden storms from 6pm tomorrow.

Temperatures are remaining high, if lower than recent days, at highs of 23C or 24C on Tuesday and Wednesday, before falling to 20C on Thursday and 18C on Friday.

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Today, expect sunshine and blue skies with only light cloud for an hour from 9am and then later on from 3pm to 4pm. Wednesday will be similar with patches of cloud around as that severe weather warning kicks in at 6pm.

Thursday will see early showers in Bristol and then cloudy skies with that risk of thunderstorms on a cloudy Friday until 6pm.

The pollen count in Bristol also remains high until Friday.

Looking to the UK for the rest of June, we can expect very warm conditions in the South East turning to cooler, fresher conditions with rain and showers.

Into July, there could be periods of dry, settled and warmer weather interspersed with occasional days of thicker cloud, rain and stronger winds

Below, we look at the Met Office forecasts for the South West and the long-range UK forecast.

South West forecast

Today: A dry start with variable amounts of cloud through the morning. Lengthy sunny spells becoming more widespread during the afternoon and feeling very warm, especially towards the east. Maximum temperature 25 °C.

Tonight: Remaining dry with sunny spells into the evening. Overnight, plenty of clear spells however turning cloudier in the far west and into the Bristol Channel with some drizzle at times. Minimum temperature 7 °C.

Wednesday: A generally dry start with sunny spells, however cloud and perhaps some drizzle lingering in the far west. Cloud increasing for all later, with the risk of heavy, thundery showers. Maximum temperature 26 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: Heavy showers clearing through Thursday morning with sunny spells developing later. More heavy, thundery rain looks to affect eastern areas on Friday, drier further west. Sunny spells on Saturday.

Saturday, June 19 to Monday, June 28

It is likely to be warm for most, to very warm and humid in the southeast where there remains a risk of thundery showers. Elsewhere, some sunny spells and variable cloud with fresher conditions.

Some showers in the south and along northern and western coastlines, and windier conditions towards the far northwest. The fresher air is then likely to gradually spread to the rest of the country bringing a change to widely cooler more changeable conditions into the new week, with a low risk of warm and humid air returning to the far southeast at times.

This will likely bring occasional spells of rain or showers interspersed with drier and sunnier conditions. Overall, temperatures will likely average out to be close to normal.

Tuesday, June 29 to Tuesday, July 13

Low confidence through this period due to mixed and weak signals. Likely to see a mix of occasional Atlantic frontal systems affecting the UK followed by spells of more settled weather through this period. This bringing periods of dry, settled and warmer weather interspersed with occasional days of thicker cloud, rain and stronger winds. Temperatures are likely to be slightly above average, although cooler conditions may occasionally affect the northwest. Meanwhile, very warm perhaps hot conditions could affect the south and east at times. Overall, rainfall amounts will likely be close to average for the time of the year. Whilst the southeast may see fewer spells of persistent rain, thunderstorms may develop during warmer periods.

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