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Weather forecasters warn of ‘hail and flash floods’ despite 30C heatwave blast

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    Brits are bracing for hail and flash floods today despite predictions of soaring temperatures.

    Forecasters have predicted a heatwave starting today and continuing into next week, but with the mercury climbing as high as 30C in parts of the country, some areas could see thunderstorms as well as record heat.

    James Madden of Exacta Weather said yesterday (Friday, June 9): "Throughout tomorrow afternoon and into tomorrow evening will see the first thunderstorms developing across parts of south-east England as temperatures top 30C for the first time this year.

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    "Some of these thundery outbreaks will also reach as far as western Scotland as the day progresses. The main bulk of these thunderstorms will then persist overnight and into the early hours of Sunday in these parts."

    Madden added tomorrow will see "more vigorous" thunderstorms across the west of the country, spanning from northern Scotland to the south of England – meaning Brits might have to pack in their sunbathing plans and head indoors.

    "Some of these thunderstorms are also likely to trigger some pretty heavy downpours on Sunday, and this will bring the increased risk for some flash-flooding in places, particularly, across some southern and central regions to the west of the country and also into parts of north-west England," Madden added.

    "Hail is also likely to form in these strong thunderclouds in association with some forceful updrafts, particularly on Sunday when some photos of unusually large hail could be posted across social media.".

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    The Met Office echoed these concerns, issuing a yellow thunderstorm warning covering much of the west and southeast of England and all of Wales and lasting until 10.30 pm tonight.

    "Whilst many places will be largely dry, thunderstorms with heavy rain and hail are likely to develop in some places on Saturday afternoon," the forecaster said.

    And while the official warning may subside by tomorrow, Madden warned there could still be thundery showers as late as Monday (June 12).

    "Into Monday and it looks like more of the same with widespread thundery showers from the early afternoon onwards, in among some decent spells of hot summer sunshine," he added.

    "These thunderstorms will once again be more concentrated to many western parts of the country in parts of southern, central, and northern England, but could be quite lively with some excessive rainfall amounts within a small timeframe."

    The meteorologist added the rest of the week should remain hot, with temperatures remaining in the high 20s, but with the warm temperatures comes more risk of future storms – meaning days spent out in the sun could be on hold for the time being for many Brits.

    Madden anticipates the unfortunate weather will be mostly be kept to the west of the country as the days go on, with the rest of the country still basking in warmer weather.

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