A Met Office amber warning, meaning there is a risk to life, has been put in place, from 16:00BST until 06:00 on Friday the 1st. The flooding of homes is ‘likely and could happen quickly’ and travel could be disrupted, the Met Office said.

Up to 80mm of rain is due to fall in fewer than just three hours, as well as frequent lightning and hailstones. A yellow warning has been issued for the South East, the Midlands and East Anglia also. The weather is to move to northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday morning.

While the north is enjoying a sunny spell today, best be prepared for some heavy rain tomorrow afternoon.

Did anyone bring an umbrella?

In the areas of the amber warnings, a spokesperson said:

‘You should think about changing your plans and taking action to protect yourself and your property. You may want to consider the impact of the weather on your family and your community and whether there is anything you need to do ahead of the severe weather to minimise the impact.’

A yellow warning is also in place for the weekend across Scotland and Northern Ireland, with heavy showers and thunderstorms to be expected.

Thursday’s storms are expected to be slow moving but may merge together to create larger storms.

Be safe folks.