BBC Weather: Torrential rain warning as blistering temperatures give way to thunderstorms

BBC Weather: Humid conditions as thunderstorms hit UK

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Thunderstorms are set to interrupt Britain’s blistering heatwave with “torrential downpours” on the horizon for large parts of western England later on this week. The change in weather comes as the UK marked the hottest day of the year so far on Monday with Teddington in West London recording heights of 29.7 degrees. Carole Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast this morning that wet weather fronts are moving in from across the English channel bringing wet and thundering conditions.

Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “We are importing some thunderstorms from Spain and France crossing the English channel.

“Getting into our shores overnight and on Thursday this is roughly where we expect them to be.

“There could be some torrential downpours from this.

“As well as thunder and lightning.”

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Ms Kirkwood added: “In the west, we are looking at something drier and brighter with temperatures in the west 11 to about 17 degrees.

“But still sticking as we push down towards the southeast at 21 or indeed 23 degrees.

“The reason for this is we have these weather fronts and we are dragging in some milder humid air from the far south.

“What you will find too is we will start off on Friday morning with this but eventually it will move away, potentially leaving some showers in its wake.

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The weather presenter continued: “But as you drift further west, well we are back into some dry conditions, some sunshine as well.

“And temperatures in the west from 12 to about 16 degrees.

“18 to 19 as we push down towards the southeast so quite a contrast compared to what we are looking at in the next couple of days.”

Earlier Ms Kirkwood explained temperatures on Tuesday would be higher than yesterday for most but lower in the southeast.

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Hayfever sufferers were also warned that pollen levels in England are currently very high.

Looking at Wednesday Ms Kirkwood said: “Again a lot of sunshine.

“We are back into feeling humid once again.

“Temperature won’t be far off 30 degrees in some parts of the southeast.”

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