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Rain set to ease in time for the weekend

The wet weather that left many people spending Bank Holiday Monday indoors is set to ease ahead of the weekend - and despite the prospect of more rain on the horizon, especially in, the South East, there is no suggestion that it will bring major flooding.

Rainfall will weaken over the next 36 hours, heralding a drier day for many on Friday before the sun brings warm temperatures over the weekend.

There will be a largely dry day on Friday for northern parts of the UK. Even though it is quite miserable it is quite warm outside and muggy, and today there will be highs of 16C-18C across south-east England away from the coasts. Tomorrow onwards we are looking at a general warming trend, with 19C across south-east England. But over the weekend we could see 21C-22C across the South East and a predominantly dry day on Saturday. I wouldn't rule out rain or showers, but they won't be particularly heavy.

– Sean Penston, from weather forecasters MeteoGroup

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Met Office warn heavy rain will hit the South

There is a yellow weather warning for the South of England Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for South East and London and warn people to expect heavy rain and thunderstorms.

People across the South have been told to expect localised flooding and surface water could lead to difficult driving conditions.

The Met Office have also issued hail and lightning warnings locally.

The showers are likely to break out across Southern England early on Tuesday afternoon and finish on Tuesday evening.

Met Office stats: Wettest year for a century in England

1036mm of rain fell in the South of England in 2012. That is 130% of the average rainfall for the years between 1981 and 2010, meaning rainfall was 30% higher than the average for 1981 - 2010.

In the South East of England there was 999.7mm, 127% of the average level of rainfall for the years between 1981 and 2010, meaning rainfall was 27% higher than the average for 1981 - 2010.

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