UK weather forecast – Thunderstorms and heavy rain to bring dreary end to record hot temperatures this week


BRITAIN’S hot spell will come to a dramatic end this week – with a barrage of thunderstorms and heavy rain on the way from tomorrow.

Today will see the last of the sunny and dry weather before storms roll in – bringing flash floods and up to 1.5in of rain in just 24 hours.

Thunderstorms will strike parts of England on Wednesday as Britain’s calm and temperate weather comes to a dramatic end
The areas in blue on this graphic show the likeliest areas that will be hit by dramatic thunderstorms on Wednesday

Temperatures are also set to fall to as low as 11C – a drastic drop from Bank Holiday Monday’s record 25C scorcher.

The storms – which will also bring 60mph gales – are set to batter the country by as early as Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

Forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “We’re keeping warnings under close review, with localised surface water flooding possible as 20-40mm (1.5in) of rain falls in 24 hours.

“Thundery downpours are likely for Scotland on Wednesday night and through Thursday.

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“Tuesday is forecast 21C – but it’s a very different picture by the weekend, with the risk of heavy rain and gales with 50-60mph gusts.

“The windiest conditions are likely to be in the North-West of the UK.

“But blustery conditions are expected for other parts, dependent on the low pressure track.”

The Met Office webside also warned of thundery downpours moving south-to-north on Wednesday.

Following the downpours will be fresher, cooler weather – before more storms roll in.

We’re keeping warnings under close review, with localised surface water flooding possible

Sophie Yeomans Met Office forecaster

The forecast added: “Thundery rain clearing north Thursday, with heavy, thundery showers following.

“Further heavy and thundery showers Friday.

“Possibly a spell of wet and windy weather arriving in the west on Saturday.”

It means today will be the last chance for many Brits to get the most of the sunny skies.


In its forecast for Tuesday, the Met Office said: “Mostly dry, sunny and warm for many.

“The chance of showers across the far west and southwest first thing and again later in the day, possibly thundery.

“It’ll be cloudier, cooler and breezy along some North Sea coastal areas.”

On Monday, England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.

The heatwave has also helped Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoy their warmest Easter Monday on record, the Met Office said.

Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.

The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.

Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter’s biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.

The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.

Heavy rainfall is on the cards for Wednesday afternoon, as this weather graphic shows
The areas marked in green on this map show where dramatic thunderstorms are set to strike on Wendesday afternoon, with a streak seen across East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales
Crowds flocked to the beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset, yesterday as they made the most of the Bank Holiday sunshine
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