UK: Thunderstorms and heavy rain to hit parts of England

By on July 21, 2018
UK: Thunderstorm risk to dampen before stifling 30C heatwave returns

UK: Thunderstorm risk to dampen before stifling 30C heatwave returns

UK: Thunderstorm warning for much of the south as temperatures start to climb.

The Met Office forecast suggests we’re likely to see thunderstorms in the southeast, with a yellow weather warning in place.

In the northwest, we’ll see some rain which will move southeastwards, but no thunderstorms are forecast and no warnings are in place.

The Met Office said in a statement: “Apart from a few showers or thunderstorms in Kent and East Sussex, the southeast will stay dry initially, but increasing heat will trigger hit-and-miss thunderstorms more widely later.

“Heavy showers in the southeast will continue this evening but ease overnight.”

Where is the yellow warning in place?

As you can see from the map below, the yellow warning covers the greater London area and the East Midlands.

The warning is in place between 2pm and midnight on Friday, July 20.

The Met Office, however, said the chance of any major storms is unlikely with most places remaining dry.

If storms do hit, they will be slow-moving and persistent, bringing a risk of flooding.

The storms will be offset by the high temperatures seen across the area over the past few days.

The Met Office said: “Should they develop, in the heaviest showers some places could see 30mm of rain in an hour, which would likely bring flooding impacts particularly should this fall on an urban area.

“There would also be a smaller chance of impacts from lightning strikes.”

But we’ll need to wait and see exactly where the storms are going to hit.

The Met Office added: “As is the nature of showers, many places will miss them altogether, and it is not possible to say precisely where they will occur.

“But the warning area highlights the region at greatest risk.”

Tomorrow, we could be in for the same again, with the forecast showing a bright start.

Later on Saturday, it will become hot and humid in the south and east, setting off heavy showers.

And looking forward to the early parts of next week, the Met Office forecasts mostly dry, hot and humid weather across much of the UK.

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