Brits to be drenched with ‘nasty’ thunderstorms, heavy hail and lightning

Brits are set to be drenched in torrential downpours and heavy thunderstorms as the delayed April showers cause havoc in May.

The washout this week is expected to last throughout the month with gales and heavy rain lashing parts of the UK in the coming days.

Sarah Kent, Met Office meteorologist has warned not to put raincoats away just yet after Brits experienced a dry April.

"It has really been very wet – nearly all of April's showers have turned up in May," she said.

"It's been very showery and the first three days of this week will be the same.

"There'll be sunny spells in some areas – but brewing up are torrential showers and thunderstorms."

But the 'nasty' thunderstorms are going to hit Brits on Tuesday.

"It's still going to be thundery and there'll be mixed hail," she added.

"The storms will be heaviest and nastiest during the middle part of the afternoon and evening."

Wednesday is expected to be the best day of the week but some Brits will still experience 'heavy showers' and hear thunder.

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Temperatures are predicted to plunge in the coming days with high winds battering the coast on Thursday and Friday as a band of low pressure travels in from the Atlantic.

Sarah said: "The UK will come under the influence of quite a potent area of low pressure, deep from the Atlantic, and that will be bringing very strong winds to all of us.

"There's a risk of inland gales in the west and south-west, and possibly even severe gales running up through coastal areas in the west.

"It's one we're watching."

However, the weather won't pick up until the final days of the month.

Things "might start to improve" in the last week and expected to become more settled.

Bookies are cutting odds that May will be the wettest ever after more rain has fallen in the first two weeks so far.

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They believe it'll be the bleakest on record after the wettest ever was noted in 1967 when 5.2 inches fell in total.

So far, an average of 2.7 inches has fallen in the UK this month.

"The rain is showing no signs of letting up and as we head towards summer, we have now cut the odds on next month being our wettest June since records began," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

"A Great British washout is destined to re-write the record books for rainfall and this month is already odds on to be our wettest May."

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