Thunderstorms, rain and grey skies have dominated the forecast this weekend, bringing an end to the days of intense heat last week. Temperatures of 34C and higher were recorded across last week before severe thunderstorms hit Britain. The Met Office tweeted to say more than 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded hitting the UK on Sunday, as well as torrential rain and strong winds.
Further thunderstorm warnings are in place on Monday, for much of England, with the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms which may lead to flooding and travel disruption.
The warnings are in place until 9pm on Monday for the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
The Met Office warns some heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across many areas of England and Wales during the late morning and afternoon when they are likely to be slow-moving.
Some places within the warning area will miss the thunderstorms altogether, but where they do occur 0.7 to 1.57 inches (20 to 40mm) of rain may fall within an hour with 1.9 to 2.7 inches (50 to 70mm) possible in three or four hours.
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Lightning, hail and possibly gusty winds will be additional hazards.
Not only will thunderstorms impact the UK, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle will bring cooler weather and strong winds.
Forecasters are warning the weather will feel autumnal later this week as Storm Kyle reaches the UK.
The remnants of Storm Kyle will merge with a developing deep upper low coming from Greenland as it tracks across the Atlantic Ocean.
SevereWeather.eu warns this could result in “explosive development of unseasonably strong extratropical cyclone” which “is expected to blast into Ireland and the UK on Friday.”
Meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Remnants of tropical storms can get caught in the jet stream and bring premature autumnal weather to the UK.
“Computer models show tropical storm Kyle doing just this. It’s a big change in the weather.”
As the week continues, there will be highs ranging from 17C to 24C, a sharp drop from the record six-day 34C scorcher last week.
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Some areas may still see up to 30C, but these will be few and far between say forecasters.
Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “The hot weather is slowly subsiding now, with more cloud, but it will still be very warm and humid where the sun comes out in the south and west of the UK.
“In contrast to the last few days, maximum daytime temperatures will be reducing, with only isolated locations seeing temperatures of 30C or above.
“And some northern and eastern areas much less warm at times, with a lot of low cloud and hill fog.”
Of Storm Kyle, Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze warned: “It’s payback time after the heatwave.
“The storm will bring us back to reality, with a taste of early autumn seeing washouts for families on holidays, with gusts around 55mph in the west and up to 40mph in exposed parts of the south.”
Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said: “Energy from the remnants of tropical storm Kyle will merge an unseasonably deep low approaching the UK from Wednesday, with effects felt right through into next weekend.
“There will be strong winds, longer spells of rain and heavy, blustery showers.”
Met Office five day forecast
Starting misty for some southern and central areas, with bursts of rain in places.
Rather more sunshine developing in places, setting off some torrential thundery downpours by afternoon. The north stays drier, the best of the sunshine in the northwest.
Showers and thunderstorms tending to ease but only slowly.
One or two manage to persist through the night but the main theme is variable cloud and some mist and fog.
Sunny spells but once again this sets off a scattering of showers, especially beyond late morning.
Some heavy showers possible, the focus perhaps further north and west than in recent days.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday
Fine Wednesday before rain spreads northwards across all areas.
The rain clears the north Thursday, with showers in the west and sunny periods in the east. Blustery showers on Friday.
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