BBC weather forecast: Hail, thunder and rain set to batter the UK warns Carol Kirkwood

BBC Breakfast meteorologist Carol Kirkwood told viewers to be careful as hail, rain and thunder is expected to hit parts of the country today.

Carol reported: “What we have this morning is a line of rain, the rain is going to clear to the east quite quickly.

“Then behind it a bridge of high pressure builds [and] we’ll see a fair bit of sunshine and some showers.

“The showers is anywhere from North Wales northwards, but most of the showers today will be across Scotland, especially the north west, where they are going to be heavy with some hail.”

This morning rain in the south east of England will clear to make way for some dry and bright weather during the day.

But it will take longer for showers to disappear in eastern counties and there could be strong wind and sunny spells in this part of the country.

Most of the rain in the north and west of the UK, with Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England seeing the most downpours.

Thunderstorms are likely in Scotland and one of two outbreaks of rain in Wales, elsewhere dry and bright.

In the afternoon Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will become drier, but temperatures are not expected to reach any higher than 17 celsius.

Warmest conditions in the south east in places such as Hull, Norwich, London, where temperatures will float between 16 and 17 celsius.

Coolest in Lerwick, Stornoway, Edinburgh and Newcastle, with figures raging between 11 and 14 celsius.

Tonight one of two outbreaks of rain in north eastern parts of Scotland, every where else dry with clear spells but still cool.

Cloudier in Northern Ireland later with strong wind and scattered showers possible.

On Friday most central and eastern areas will start of fine with some spells of sunshine throughout the day.

However, the weather will turn hazy later on when high cloud moves in and western areas will be windy and wet.

Carol told viewers the wind would be strong, she stated: “It will be particularly windy around Northern Ireland and north west Scotland.

“We could have gusts of 40 to 45 miles per hour, with exposure more than that – 50/55 miles per hour so temperatures will be down from today.”

This weekend a weather system pushing from the Atlantic could prolong the rain and even produce some heavy showers in the south-west on Saturday.

Heavy rain is likely in parts of the north on Sunday, elsewhere brighter with the odd spells.

he north on Sunday, elsewhere brighter with the odd spells.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One at 6am.

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