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FORECASTERS are warning of possible thunderstorms in parts of Yorkshire on Friday - but areas that avoid the downpours could be basking in temperatures of 22C.

The topsy turvy weather, which seems to fluctuate from autumnal to summery in a heartbeat, is set to continue into the weekend when it will be breezy and slightly cooler than the average for June.

Hannah Wray, 20, of Harrogate, cools off in the outdoor swimming pool at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, York. Picture: James Hardisty,

Hannah Wray, 20, of Harrogate, cools off in the outdoor swimming pool at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, York. Picture: James Hardisty,

The Met Office said Friday’s possible thunderstorms would be in the morning and could move up the county from South Yorkshire and up the Yorkshire coast.

Some parts of Yorkshire are expected to miss the downpours and thunder altogether.

The afternoon will see the weather brightening up but there could be some light drizzle in the evening.

Friday is expected to be a “fairly nice day for most of Yorkshire,” the Met Office said.

Twins Jennifer and Emily Worth, 6, from Outwood, run through the fountains at Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

Twins Jennifer and Emily Worth, 6, from Outwood, run through the fountains at Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme

Saturday and Sunday will be a little cooler, with a maximum of around 17C in Yorkshire - just below the June average.

In the South, the weather is expected to be warmer than the North over the coming days.

The mercury is set to hit 26C in the South East, beating this year’s record high of 25.6C in Faversham, Kent, on April 15.

But the warm temperature will come after thunderstorms and heavy showers are expected to hit, prompting the Met Office to put out yellow weather warnings for rain in London and south-east England, the East of England, East Midlands and in some parts of Yorkshire.

Scarborough South Bay beach is bathed in sunshine as  football fan Leighton Morrel, 8, shows off his skills. Picture: Richard Ponter

Scarborough South Bay beach is bathed in sunshine as football fan Leighton Morrel, 8, shows off his skills. Picture: Richard Ponter

The weekend is only expected to see highs of about 21C, dashing hopes of a heatwave.

Met Office forecaster Daniel Panton-King said once the showers clear today there will be “plenty of sunshine”.

The majority of England and Wales will have a “nice, fine day” on Saturday but northern England and up into Scotland will see some wind and “blustery showers”.

The forecaster said the weekend will see a “north-south split” as the weather will be similar on Sunday.

Ludmila Dubrova enjoys an ice cream  on Scarborough's South Bay beach.

Ludmila Dubrova enjoys an ice cream on Scarborough's South Bay beach.

The South will see a temperature of high teens or possibly 21C in the South East, while northern England will have highs of 17C and western Scotland could be as low as 13C.

Mr Panton-King said that while it is not a heatwave there is still plenty of nice weather around.

Events taking place across Yorkshire and beyond are expected to enjoy bumper crowds over the coming days.

Today is the start of the Brighouse 1940s weekend when the town is taken over by wartime enthusiasts and there will be displays, music, dance and other family entertainment.

Tomorrow and Sunday is the ‘taster’ food festival in York, a precursor event to the main festival in September.

The early summer heatwave will be short-lived

The early summer heatwave will be short-lived

Yorkshire's five-day forecast

Yorkshire's five-day forecast