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Isolated thundery showers across England for a time

There will be some thundery showers, which are then confined to eastern areas.

Isolated thundery showers will continue across England for a time, before becoming confined to the east by the end of the morning.

Elsewhere, across England and Wales it will be a rather cloudy day with occasional rain or drizzle.

Northern Ireland and Scotland will be largely dry with some brighter spells, especially this afternoon and it will feel fresher here.

The top temperature will be 21C.


Met Office warns of flooding amid thunderstorms

The Met Office has warned of further heavy showers and thunderstorms through to Saturday evening, with the main risk becoming confined to southern parts from late afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning. Credit: Met Office

It also warned of potential for isolated disruption due to surface water flooding and lightning strikes.

Drivers report flooding on roads through Essex

Images of flooding on roads through Essex have begun to emerge on Twitter with one driver posting a photograpg of water covering the A12.


NHS staff asked to help over Ebola in Africa

Staff from the NHS are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The Department of Health's chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has written to health service staff to point them towards the UK International Emergency Medical Register.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics are among the medical staff who will be needed to help contribute towards efforts to tackle the crisis, she said.

British Muslims call for release of IS-held Brit hostage

British Muslim scholars have called for the release of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State, describing the threats against him as "totally prohibited" under Islamic law.

Alan Henning, 47 , the former taxi driver from Manchester, was threatened by IS militants at the end of a video showing the murder of David Haines.

Alan Henning has been threatened by Islamic State militants.

In a YouTube video, Shaykh Haitham Al Haddad appeals for the immediate and "unconditional" release of Henning, telling militants: "executing this man is totally harem (prohibited) according to Sharia."

"Whatever your grievances with American or British foreign policy, executing this man is not the answer," Al Haddad added.

Imam Shakeel Begg, of Lewisham Islamic Centre, says there is "no justification in our religion that allows you to continue to hold him let alone harm him".

The video comes after more than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK signed an open letter calling for Mr Henning's release.

Gordon Brown to unveil post-referendum vision

Gordon Brown will unveil his vision for the future of Scotland today after Scots rejected the chance to leave the United Kingdom.

Gordon Brown has been credited for his role in the No campaign. Credit: PA Wire

The former Prime Minister - who has been widely praised for his role in securing a No vote in Thursday's referendum - will address voters in Fife about what next steps he wants to see in Scotland.

Brown made a passionate plea for Scots to remain part of the union before the vote.

His planned speech comes as Ed Miliband prepares for the Labour party conference, where he is expected to face questions over the timetable for constitutional reform.

Intruder managed to run through White House doors

An intruder managed to make it through doors into the White House before he was caught, officials say.

An armed agent is seen following the evacuation. Credit: Reuters

Omar J Gonzalez, 42, jumped over a fence and ran towards the residence before entering the North Portico doors, sparking a partial evacuation of staff and reporters.

The incident occurred just minutes after President Obama and his daughters had left in a helicopter.

After Gonzalez was detained and a search of the area complete, workers were allowed to re-enter the White House.

A Secret Service spokesperson told NBC News it "will review the response to ensure that proper protocol is followed."

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