THUNDERSTORMS could be on the way this afternoon after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for across the region.

Forecasts for St Helens suggest there is a 50 per cent chance of storms breaking out at about 4pm on Friday.

Conditions will remain hot and humid, although cooler than on Thursday.

And, while there will be showers this morning, temperatures could still reach 26°C.

There is also a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday for St Helens between 3pm and 5pm.


In a forecast for Friday for across the North West, the Met Office stated: "After a largely dry and bright start, heavy, thundery showers will bubble up through the morning, lingering for most of the day.

"Remaining hot and quite humid, though slightly cooler than Thursday. Maximum temperature 29 °C.

"Further showers are likely this evening. Becoming drier for a time through the early hours before another swathe of thundery rain makes its way into the south towards dawn."

Commenting on the return to fresher weather over the weekend, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Jason Kelly, said: “We’ll see an end to the current hot spell this weekend as low pressure arrives from the Atlantic, bringing temperatures more typical for June.

"It’ll be breezy for all this weekend with heavy showers and longer spells of rain for most, though Sunday could brighten up across the southern half of the UK.”