Weekend weather kicks off with a bang...

By ITV News Weather Presenter Lucy Verasamy:

It has been a terrifically lively start to the weekend.

Net Weather had reported more than 6000 lightning strikes by 9am this morning - and we're expecting the thundery downpours to rumble through the afternoon in many locations.

Intense, torrential thundery rain drifting in from the Continent will journey northwards across the length and breadth of the UK today - and most of us will have a soaking at point or another.

As the downpours clear from southern counties later, it'll try and brighten up but the unstable, humid air will trigger further scattered showers.