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Mainly fine and dry across much of England and Wales

Across the southern half of the UK today there will be variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells.

Mainly fine and dry across much of England and Wales. Credit: Met Office

It will also be warmer than Wednesday with the highest temperatures in the southeast with 20C (68F) likely to be reached in the London area.

It will be cloudier and breezier across northern parts with some rain at times, most of which will be across the northwest Highlands where it will be persistent and heavy in places.

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A drier, brighter and warmer day for many

Scattered locally heavy showers will affect the east and southeast of England today.

Meanwhile increasing cloud will feed patchy rain in across northwestern parts of the British Isles.

A drier, brighter and warmer day is in store for many. Credit: Met Office

Elsewhere after a chilly start in places, any early showers will largely die out to leave a good deal of dry and bright weather.

There will still be a cool northwesterly wind today, although it will be lighter than of late and so it should feel more comfortable out and about. Temperatures will peak at 17C (63F).

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