UK weather: 31C heatwave looming as severe thunderstorms batter Britain today

The UK will be hit by “severe” thunderstorms today and tomorrow, the Met Office has warned. The weather service has issued yellow warnings for thunderstorm across Scotland and will be in effect from 11am until 22pm today. Tomorrow the stormy conditions return with warnings in place for the same time.

The Met Office warns flooding of homes and businesses “could happen quickly” and buildings can expect damage from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

In addition, where flooding or lightning strikes occur, delays and cancellations to train and bus services are possible.

The Met Office said: “Thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of Scotland from late Tuesday morning and through the afternoon, then slowly die out during Tuesday evening.

“Though some areas will miss these thundery showers, others could see 20mm within an hour and 30 to 40mm within three hours, as well as lightning and some hail.

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“The greatest risk of impacts could well be across the north.”

On Thursday morning the weather will be mainly dry, but “heavy, thundery showers” will arrive later, continuing into Friday and Saturday.

The unsettled weather will continue this coming weekend, with scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Temperatures will mostly be around average, but brief warm or very warm weather may develop across the south and southeast at times.

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But forecasters have said despite the unsettled weather this week, summer “isn’t over”.

The Met Office predicts sunny spells and warmer conditions in the second half of the month, with temperatures expected to reach 31C.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson told The Sun: “There’s potential for high rainfall totals as low pressure dominates the next week across the country. We’re closely monitoring further warnings.

“The first low pressure brings heavy showers until Wednesday, heaviest in the North and West but with gusty winds in the South, and the next low pressure from Friday brings showers for the weekend.

“Unsettled conditions will probably persist until mid-month.

“After August 17 has signs high pressure could build, bringing drier and more settled conditions in the South, with a chance of warmer interludes.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze also told the publication: “It’s an early taste of autumn with four Atlantic low pressure systems spoiling the next fortnight of school holidays.

“Floods and 50mph gusts are expected. But summer isn’t over.

“Heat is forecast to return from mid-August, with 31C in the South as continental warmth returns.”

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