UK weather: Met Office issues warning of thunderstorms flooding UK in shock map

The national service issued yellow warnings for rain and floods to last for the whole weekend for most parts of the country with the exception of the south-west. A map shows the shocking extent of the heavy showers hitting the UK today and tomorrow with Scotland and the Midlands feeling the worst of the gloomy weather. Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin warned: “The extreme heat may have gone the weekends won't be anything like as hots but there'll be some big contrast with some places having a very soggy weekend but for others, there will be sunny spells.

“Scotland starting Saturday very soggy, much of northern England also seeing outbreaks of rain.

“If you’re stuck under these thick clouds and the outbreaks of rain; temperatures are really going to struggle with mid-teens at best in a few spots.

“That band of rain will just continue to edge its way towards Northern Ireland into North Wales through Saturday.”

There is a risk of flooding under the weather warning as homes and businesses could be affected.

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Mr Deakin added: “That line of rain continues to just very slowly head its way down towards Wales across Northern Ireland on Sunday.

"Again if you're under this zone it's gonna be a dull cool cloudy dismal day again.

“Parts of southwest England maybe Southwest well just poking out there with some sunshine.

“A brighter day for the East Midlands northern England a much of southern Scotland and again the far north of Scotland seeing some sunshine just maybe one or two showers.”

This week’s soggy end comes after a blistering heatwave that has swept Europe causing weather records to tumble.

The Met Office said a provisional recording of 38.7C at Cambridge Botanic Garden on Thursday could the day becoming the hottest UK one on record if it is validated.

Dr Mark McCarthy from the National Climate Centre (NCIC) at the Met Office said: “As the official source of meteorological statistics for the UK, we take the quality of our recordings very seriously.

“We are talking about a potential new record for the highest temperature recorded in the UK and we, therefore, need to thoroughly investigate the observation with our partners at Cambridge University Botanic Garden through statistical analysis and by visiting, to check the site and equipment and ensure there are no potential problems.”

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“The Met Office observations team will carefully analyse this figure, along with any other readings submitted over the coming weeks and will keep the public, our partners and government updated.”

Weather records were broken in four European countries yesterday.

They were Germany (42.6C), Belgium (41.8C), Luxembourg (40.8C), and the Netherlands (40.7C).

This week's heatwave was the second one to hit mainland Europe within a month.

Met Office experts say heatwaves will become more frequent in the future because of climate change.

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