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Thunderstorm warnings across UK after hottest days of the year so far | UK News

Yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain have been issued by the Met Office for across the UK after the hottest days of the year so far.

Four yellow thunderstorm warnings are in place from 12pm to 9pm on Monday and cover parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, much of southern England and the Midlands and most of Wales.

Forecasters have warned the heavy downpours bring the increased risk for flash-flooding and may cause disruption to motorists on the roads and disrupt bus and rail services.

A yellow weather warning for rain has also been issued, covering southern parts of England and Wales until 9am on Monday.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain across much of the UK
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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain across much of the UK

The forecast follows a weekend of scorching temperatures and heavy rainfall.

A temperature of 32C was recorded at Kew Gardens in southwest London on Sunday and much of the UK was hotter than Monaco and the French Riviera where temperatures languished in the low 20s.

However, temperatures fell just short of this year’s record high of 32.2C which was reached on Saturday in Chertsey, Surrey.

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A total of 28.6mm of rain fell in Charlwood, Surrey, on Sunday afternoon, which is almost half the average for the whole month of June.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said potentially a month’s worth of rain could fall within a short period.

He said: “On Monday, we’re expecting a fine and hot start, temperatures rising fairly quickly during the course of the morning under strong early summer sunshine and that’s likely to spark a few thundery showers.

“Parts of Wales and England will see 30mm of rain in an hour, 60 to 80mm in some spots.

“North parts of Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and the Highlands could see 20 to 30mm of rain in an hour during the thunderstorms, and 40 to 50mm in some spots.

“Potentially we are looking at a month’s worth of rain falling.

“The highest temperatures will be around Birmingham and in Wales.

“It will widely be 24C to 28C on Monday, with some spots sitting at the 30C to 32C mark.

“It will be warmer than Monaco, where it has hit 24.7C on Sunday and is expected to be 22 to 24C on Monday.”

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There is a chance of flash flooding in places, the Met Office says. File pic

A heat-health alert for hot weather remains in place until 9am on Tuesday.

The five regions of England under an amber alert – when the heat is likely to impact the wider population, not just the most vulnerable – are:

• West Midlands
• East Midlands
• East of England
• South East
• South West

A further yellow alert – when the weather is likely to impact vulnerable groups such as those with underlying health conditions, or the elderly – is in place for:

• North East
• North West
• Yorkshire and Humber
• London

The alert, issued by the UK Health Security Agency and the Met Office, covers England and provides warnings of hot weather which might impact the health of members of the public – and is designed to assist healthcare workers who are managing periods of “extreme temperatures”.

Slightly cooler temperatures are on the way from Tuesday onwards, with Thursday and Friday in the mid-high 20s, Mr Stroud added.

He said: “We are likely to see the hot weather continue although high pressure is starting to build in.

“That’s going to kill off the showers and moving into next week the temperature will dip slightly to the mid to high 20s.”

UK weather: Travel delays and flooding likely as thunderstorm warning declared | UK News

Travel disruption is expected today for parts of England and Wales that find themselves under a yellow thunderstorm warning.

The Met Office says delays to train services are likely, while driving conditions could be treacherous.

Flooding is possible, with up to 80mm of rain tipped to fall in three hours in some places, and there’s a risk of damage to buildings.

The warning covers parts of England stretching from Devon to north of Stoke-on-Trent, and spans much of Wales, including Cardiff.

It lasts from 2pm today until 2am on Tuesday.

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The Met Office warns:

• Driving conditions are likely to be affected by spray, standing water, hail and gusty winds, leading to longer journey times by car and bus
• Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures
• Delays to some train services are likely
• Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from either lightning strikes or gusty winds
• Some short term loss of power and other services is likely

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said the conditions should clear by the weekend, but said there could be an unsettled few days beyond the timescale of the thunderstorm warning.

He explained: “The main factor leading our weather in the next few days and indeed through the week is an area of low pressure that’s coming to the west of the UK.

“And it sits there through the week, very slowly moving eastward.

“From that area of low pressure we’ll get a number of fronts that are sort of spinning off it, as well as the thunderstorms which are being pushed up from the south.

“We’ve also got a cold front that’s moving eastward off of that low pressure, bringing further rain as well.”

Read more:
What happens during a drought – and how can you help?
Why 40C is deadlier in the UK than it is in other countries

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With summer officially over, the conditions represent a stark change from the prolonged dry conditions seen during recent months.

The Met Office confirmed last week that England had just experienced its joint hottest summer on record, with temperatures having climbed above 40C for the first time.

Britons have been warned that future summers are likely to be longer and drier because of climate change.

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