Britain is set to be battered by another barrage of thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail, triggering fears of flash floods that could inundate homes and roads.
The Met Office has warned of some "surface water" flooding with heavy downpours expected again Thursday through to Sunday, when the weather will turn drier and temperatures will begin to warm up.
Flood alerts have been issued for parts of northeast England and it's possible that further alerts or warnings could be issued as Britain is drenched.
Temperatures will stay cool in the rain but there will be sunny spells – and it could hit 20C next week as normal spring conditions return.
On Thursday, a band of cloud and rain across northern areas will slowly move southwards, and it will be followed by a mixture of bright and showery conditions in Scotland.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to hit the south, which will see some sunny spells.
The evening will remain cloudy with rain in Northern Ireland, Wales and the southeast and Midlands in England.
Overnight, there will be a few fog patches in the south on another chilly night.
Friday is shaping up to be another wet day with sunshine and scattered showers for many, and a risk of hail.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall told the Express: “For Thursday and also Friday things are set to remain pretty mixed.
“Some heavy showers will develop throughout the afternoon on Thursday.
“This zone stretches from Belfast all the way down through Wales and towards the London area."
He added: “We could see the risk of some hail some thunder some pretty lively downpours with some surface water flooding on the roads as well.”
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the Tyne and Wear coast and Wear estuary.
Heavy showers are likely to hit again on Saturday between spells of sunshine.
The conditions will turn drier on Sunday with sunshine and some warm temperatures in the south, likely hitting 17-18C.
Patchy night frost is possible.
Next week, temperatures could hit 20C as high pressure dominates, bringing plenty of fine, dry and settled weather, the Met Office said.
But clear skies mean it will turn quite chilly at night with widespread rural frosts, isolated mist and fog patches.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
A band of cloud and rain across northern areas will slowly sink southwards, with bright and showery conditions moving into Scotland.
Scattered heavy, perhaps thundery, showers will develop across the south, but there will be some sunny spells too here.
Remaining cloudy, with rain for Northern Ireland and more showery rain across southeast England, the Midlands and Wales.
Chilly elsewhere, with a few fog patches in the south.
Sunshine and scattered showers will develop for many, with the risk of hail.
It will feel pleasant in the sunshine, but rain will arrive in the southwest and south later
Saturday to Monday
Saturday will see sunshine and showers, some heavy.
It will then become drier, with sunshine and some warm temperatures in the south, but patchy night frost will be possible.
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