Met offices issues heavy rain warning from Friday afternoon until midnight, with lunar eclipse starting at 8.49pm

Rain clouds and thunderstorms could prevent skygazers from seeing the “blood moon” lunar eclipse in some parts of the country as forecasters warn of torrential downpours across eastern parts of Great Britain.

The Met Office issued a thunderstorm warning from Friday afternoon due to last until just before midnight. It has dampened the record heat predictions that had been tipped to challenge the UK’s all-time temperature record of 38.5C (101F), set in Kent in 2003 – may be beaten.

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