UK weather warnings: Where will thunderstorms strike?
Thunderstorms are forecast to hit the UK unleashing heavy downpours which could lease to flooding and disruption. Large regions of Britain are covered by Met Office severe weather warnings this week, but where exactly are the thunderstorms due to strike?
Temperatures are predicted to hit 32C in some areas this week meaning many regions will see extremely hot weather.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri said: “From Wednesday temperatures will widely reach into the high twenties Celsius and it’ll be hot across much of the UK, especially central and southern England where we could see highs of 30 to 34 Celsius.
“This hot weather is expected to last until at least Friday and so heatwave conditions are likely to develop for some areas this week.
“In addition to the warm days, we are going to see some warm nights this week as temperatures overnight remain in the mid-high teens across England and Wales.”
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On Wednesday, the Met Office issued two yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms meaning the heatwave will come to an abrupt end for some on Thursday and since the weather forecaster has updated these warnings.
The first warning is in effect from 12pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday.
Predominantly, many places around the UK will be dry and see little rain, but some areas will experience intense thunderstorms which may cause flooding and disruption.
The weather forecaster warned thunderstorms may involve lightning strikes, hail or strong winds which could lead to travel disruption and difficult driving conditions.
Some communities may become cut off by flooded roads and there is a chance of power cuts.
This weather warning will mainly impact the western areas of the UK including most parts of Wales and Northern Ireland.
The particular regions and local authorities affected are:
Central, Tayside & Fife
- Perth and Kinross
East of England
- Central Bedfordshire
- Bracknell Forest
- Greater London
- Milton Keynes
- Windsor and Maidenhead
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- Redcar and Cleveland
- South Tyneside
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Cheshire East
- Cheshire West and Chester
- Greater Manchester
- Orkney Islands
- Dumfries and Galloway
- East Lothian
- Midlothian Council
- Scottish Borders
- West Lothian
- Argyll and Bute
- East Ayrshire
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Renfrewshire
- North Ayrshire
- North Lanarkshire
- South Ayrshire
- South Lanarkshire
- West Dunbartonshire
- Telford and Wrekin
- West Midlands Conurbation
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- Kingston upon Hull
- North East Lincolnshire
- North Lincolnshire
- North Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
UK weather forecast: Britain BATTERED by rain and thunderstorms [FORECAST]
UK long-range forecast: Maps show hot weather to return on THIS date [MAPS]
Met Office weather warning: 24-HOURS of lightning storms to batter UK [INSIGHT]
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A second yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued by the Met Office from 1pm to 10pm on Friday across parts of Northern Ireland.
The weather warning advises of heavy showers and thunderstorms which are likely to break out on Friday afternoon and evening.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across the western side of Northern Ireland this afternoon, lasting into the evening.
Some places will miss the heavier downpours, but where they do occur 15 to 20mm of rain could fall within an hour, a few places seeing 30 to 40mm over a few hours.
This weather warning will impact the following areas:
- County Fermanagh
- County Londonderry
- County Tyrone
Generally, after the thunderstorms will pass, there will be fresher, breezier conditions developing over the weekend with showers or longer spells of rain.
From Monday, June 29, there will be a breezy and unsettled start to the period with showers or longer spells of rain, heaviest and most frequent for some western areas.
Temperatures are likely to be about average for the time of year and there is likely to be some drier and sunny interludes.
This changeable weather will continue into July with sunshine, showers and perhaps some longer spells of rain possible for many.
The rain is forecast to predominantly hit the northwest where it may also be cooler.
The bright and driest weather will mainly hit the south and east of the UK.
Breezy conditions will continue, particularly for the north and temperatures should mostly be around average for the time of year.
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