BBC weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of ‘thunder and lightning’ as temperatures plummet to 2C

BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned viewers of an imminent temperature plunge as the mercury nosedives to as low as 2C (35.6F) in some areas of the nation this week.

The BBC meteorologist explained Britons can expect “persistent rain” to batter the nation tonight after a day of “scattered showers”. Delivering her forecast on BBC Breakfast, the popular presenter provided little news of summer’s return as she predicted rain, thunder and lightning. Temperatures will be below average for the time of year as the disappointing outlook continues, Carol Kirkwood forecasted.

Ms Kirkwood said: “Today we are looking at sunny spells and a few showers.

“We have had some heavy showers over north west England and North Wales overnight.

“And we still have some of those with us.”

The BBC weather forecaster went on to predict that “an area of rain extending from the Isles of Scilly” would “tend to ease through the day”.

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BBC weather forecast: Carol Kirkwood warns of heavy rain and low temperatures (Image: BBC)

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BBC weather forecast: Carol Kirkwood said there would be stormy weather on the way (Image: BBC )

However she did warn of a “few scattered showers across Northern Ireland, Scotland and eastern England”.

The weather expert said: “They are showers - so by no means will we all see them.

“Temperatures 14C (57.2F) in the north to 21C (69.8F) in the south.”

Later on in the day the “cloud is going thicken across the south west”, predicted Ms Kirkwood.

She said: “We will se further showers and towards this evening we will start to see more persistent rain sweep in from the south west advancing eastwards.

“And ahead of it always more cloud building.”

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BBC Weather forecast: temperatures could be as low as 2C in the sheltered glens in Scotland (Image: BBC)

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BBC weather forecast: stormy weather is on the way for most of the UK (Image: BBC)

Ms Kirkwood then explained in some areas the mercury could plunge to low as low as 2C (35.6F) overnight in the sheltered glens of Scotland.

However the unseasonably cold weather “won’t last” as low-pressure causes “cloud to build” and thermometers to rise.

Ms Kirkwood said: “Now at the same time we will have another system coming in across north west Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“It is going to bring some rain and embedded in that is going to be some thunder and lightning.

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“As a result of all this it is going to feel a bit cooler tomorrow - particularly so if you are in the wind and the rain.”

The weather expert explained the “windiest conditions” would be in England and Wales.

Ms Kirkwood continued: “On Thursday we have got this little ridge of high pressure which settles things down.

“But then the next area of low pressure is just waiting in the wings coming our way on Friday.”

Looking ahead to the weekend, Ms Kirkwood said Britons can expect a “wet and windy” outlook.