Intense heat set to trigger thunderstorms in the south

26 July, 2018, 20:52 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • UK weather forecast heatwave met office warning

But the extreme hot weather has created the ideal conditions for thunderstorms, which have started to batter parts of the United Kingdom this afternoon.

But the heat is not due to reach its peak until Thursday or Friday.

The July record for the highest overnight minimum temperature is 23.3C - and the Met Office says that could be surpassed in south-east England on Thursday.

Mr Burkhill added: "The heat and humidity means there is a lot of energy in the air and a high risk of intense thunderstorms".

Monday was the hottest day so far of 2018 in the United Kingdom with a high of 33.3C recorded at Santon Downham in Suffolk.

Prior to this, the most recent heatwave prior to this was in July 2015 when temperatures peaked at 36.7degC at Heathrow on July 1, a temperature that is now the July all-time maximum record.

The current record stands at 38.5C which was recorded at Faversham in Kent on August 10 2003.

A Met Office yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place in the East and West Midlands, the East of England, London and the South East, and Yorkshire until 21:00 BST on Thursday.

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"It is Friday when we expect the highest chance of intense thunderstorms across eastern parts of England on Friday before the fresher, conditions finally make their way east across the United Kingdom for the weekend".

"Where the thunderstorms occur torrential downpours are possible with as much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours".

"Large hail and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards".

A Met Office-Public Health England "heatwave action" alert warns exceptionally hot weather into the weekend could trigger health problems in vulnerable people.

An amber "heat health watch" warning has been issued for parts of England this week.

The heat health watch warning is created to make local services aware that these conditions are being met, and for them to take action.

Professor Peter Stott, Met Office science fellow in attribution, said global temperature rises were fuelling heatwaves, and climate models had been predicting an increase in extremely hot spells for more than a decade.

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