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  • 2 August 2014, 7:45

Rain And Thunder To End Scorching Sunshine

The glorious sunshine and sizzling temperatures of the past few weeks are about to come to an abrupt end, giving way to heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Much of Britain this weekend is expected to be lashed with downpours, creating a risk of flash flooding, particularly in the west of Britain.

Athletes and fans in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games have been warned to pack their umbrellas and waterproofs, as forecasters warn that Scotland will endure the worst of the deluge.

Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: "It is very unsettled across the country. We have got showers and longer spells of rain.

"There is going to be a lot of rain and thunderstorms. It will feel very different from the fine weather we have had recently."

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain and an orange flood alert in the Midlands, warning that flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said people can expect temperatures to drop significantly too, and described the rain - and in some places strengthening winds - as "fairly unusual" for this time of year.

"It's going to rain for several hours," he said, adding that there is the potential for as much as 50mm of rainfall in 12 hours in some parts.

Going into next week, Mr Wilson said it is unlikely that the fine weather we had will return.

"It doesn't look like it's going to go back to the weather we've had ... the high temperatures. There will be a few showers around. Temperatures will be lower at 20-23C," he said.

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