The yellow warning is scheduled for Friday (Picture: REX)
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for 14 hours of thunderstorms later this week.
The yellow warning will apply to parts of central and northern England and Ireland on Friday.
It covers all of northern England, stretching from Birmingham to Glasgow, and west over Belfast and Derry.
Issuing the lowest of its three warning categories, the Met Office suggests the slow moving thundery downpours could cause some flooding between 10am and midnight on Friday.
The organisation explained: ‘There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater.’
Bright spells, heavy downpours and even some hail are expected this week with ‘prolonged rain’ forecast for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said parts of central and eastern England could expect showers on Tuesday but they will be ‘hit and miss’ amid some sunny spells.
He said: ‘There is the risk of some very large rainfall totals building up through Friday and into Saturday for some central and eastern parts of Scotland.
Mr McGivern expects the weather to stay cool, unsettled and changeable ahead of the weekend.
He added: ‘It is likely to settle down a little more by Sunday with the more classic mixture of bright spells and showers.’
But some forecasters are predicting that the storms will be followed by more warm weather in mid to late August – with temperatures possibly getting as high as 30°C in a ‘heat dome’ over the UK.
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