While a heatwave is settling into the UK, the hot, muggy conditions are ideal from brewing storms. The Met Office has issued warnings across the majority of the UK for Monday, reducing them to the southeast on Tuesday. Flash flooding, treacherous travel conditions, lightning and hail all pose a threat.
Met Office warnings in place
Monday brings three warnings, one for rain and two for thunderstorms.
The rain warning covers the north of England and much of Scotland.
The thunderstorm warnings cover Northern Ireland, England and parts of Wales.
Monday’s warnings expire at midnight.
Tuesday’s thunderstorm warning is less widely spread, limited to the southeast of England.
The warning urges those in the region to take care of “potentially severe” thunderstorms, “ bringing a risk of flooding and disruption to travel”.
Tuesday’s warning expires at midnight, after which the weather is due to turn hot and sunny.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “It’s going to feel much hotter for most areas across the UK this week.
“Our latest forecasts show the highest temperatures are expected towards the end of the week.
He said these are “most likely across central and southwest England, where temperatures could rise into the low 30s Celsius.
“This will be in stark contrast to the low temperatures we’ve had so far this June.
“It’s also going to feel humid and quite muggy – especially at night time – as temperatures could remain in the high teens or low 20s Celsius in places.”
This humid, muggy weather is ideal for brewing storms, with flash flooding a concern.
Mr Suri said: “Whilst some places within warning areas could miss thunderstorms altogether and enjoy a warm, bright day, where they do develop torrential downpours, hail, lightning and gusty winds are likely.”
He added a few spots could see as much as 2.5 inches of rain in one hour, an unusual amount of rainfall for the UK in June.
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