Huge Atlantic storm to hit UK with heavy rain, gale-force winds and lightning

Any talk of heatwaves will have to be put on hold as parts of Britain are set to be battered by wind and rain over the next few days.

A large low-pressure system approaching will be centred on the western side of the country, meaning west Scotland and the north-west of England will bear the brunt of the bad weather.

There are expected to be widespread showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds, while temperatures are set to plunge as a cold front blows in from the Atlantic.

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Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin explained: “After the heat and humidity, it’s all change into the weekend with low pressure the dominant feature.

“That low pressure system isn’t moving too far and with its isobars fairly tightly packed, it will bring some fairly gusty conditions increasingly to western Scotland, and it will be unseasonably windy in the northwest.

“The closer you are to that low pressure system the more showers you are likely to see and there will be plenty of them.”

It promises to be much cooler over the course of the next few days, with the mercury dipping into single-digit figures, which will feel a world away from the 30C heat many have experienced this summer.

Deakin said that all the warmth and humidity will be swept away by the cold front, adding: “That cooler air will last into Sunday. It is turning fresher and there will be plenty of showers around this weekend.”

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It will feel slightly warmer in the east and south-east, but don’t expect temperatures much higher than 20C.

Some showers could turn thundery in the south-west as parts of the country will feel like autumn.

British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale confirmed it will be fresh in the west, before adding: “We will be chasing showers, and there might be the odd heavier one with a rumble of thunder.

“There will be fewer showers on Sunday, and then on Saturday they will start to pick up again on Monday.”

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