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Heatwave bows out with spectacular overnight storms

Over in a flash: Heatwave bows out with spectacular overnight storms with more thunder and flash floods on the way and 50mm of rain set to fall in three HOURS today

  • The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for large swathes of the country especially in the South West
  • South West also gearing up for further flooding as between 30mm and 50mm of rain could fall in three hours
  • Despite much of the country bracing for a miserable day, East Anglia and the North East can expect a dry day

Thunderstorms and showers will batter most of Britain on Thursday as the sizzling heat of the past few days comes to a crashing end.

The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for large swathes of the country including the South West, the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland – with only the South East missing out.

The South West is also gearing up for further flooding as between 30mm and 50mm of rain could fall in less than three hours.

Despite much of the country bracing for a miserable day, East Anglia and the North East can expect a dry day with temperatures still tipping 77F (25C).

Last night the stifling heatwave came to an abrupt end as storm and flooding swept in across some parts of the UK.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain lashed parts of the South West of England as low pressure heading north from the Atlantic swept away the September sun.

Meanwhile Wales had its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland on Wednesday reached the highest since 1906.

The Met Office confirmed Aberporth, Ceredigion, recorded a 24-hour minimum temperature of 20.5C – breaking the previous record of 18.9C in Rhyl, Denbighshire, in 1949.

The heat might not be over for this month however, with another burst of hot weather expected for the weekend in some parts.

Netweather reported heat maps showing there could be three days of sun smothering the south of England between Friday and Sunday.


 The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for large swathes of the country including the South West, the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland – with only the South East missing out

Thunderstorms and heavy rain lashed parts of the south-west of England overnight



The Met Office’s yellow weather warning for today says there is a threat of thunderstorms as well as flooding in some parts.

It advised there is a ‘small chance’ homes and businesses could flood quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or winds.

This may cause delays and cancellations to some train and bus services, while there may also be difficult driving conditions and road closures.

There is also a small chance that some rural communities could become temporarily cut off by flooded roads, The Met Office said.

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: ‘The weather patterns are changing. We’ve already seen some very heavy showers across the South West, there is a Met Office yellow warning in place for those.

‘Thursday’s warning covers much more of the country as the downpours become more widespread. It is generally a much much cloudier day.

‘There will be showers breaking out across parts of North East England initially, extending into Scotland and then almost anywhere through the day from mid to late morning onwards.’

Last night rain and thunder lashed Devon and Cornwall and led to power cuts in some areas as well as flash flooding.

In south Devon, a kayaker was spotted paddling down a flooded street in Salcombe after the coastal town was battered by a torrent of water.

Footage from Salcombe showed the main shopping street swamped with water, while a kayaker was also pictured paddling past the shops.

Another video, also filmed in the town, showed people wading through the floodwater next to stationary vehicles. It is understood the rain fell for just five minutes before flooding was reported.

Lightning swept through Plymouth in Devon on Wednesday night as the scorching start to September came to an abrupt end

In south Devon, a crafty kayaker was last night pictured paddling down a flooded street in Salcombe after the coastal town was battered by flash floods and power cuts

Forecasters are predicting a risk of properties flooding across Northern Ireland and the South West, Midlands and North of England, as well as potential hail and thunderstorms battering much of the nation later this week.

It is understood the fallout from Hurricane Ida – which tore across southern states in the US last week – had forced a change in the UK’s weather towards the warmer side.

Ida sent hot, humid air into the North Atlantic, which meteorologists said can have the effect of pepping up weather systems already in place.

Met Office Meteorologist Dan Harris said: ‘The hot and clear weather currently being experienced across large parts of the UK is forecast to break down through the middle of the week as showers and thunderstorms arrive.

‘These will initially affect the southwest of the UK on Wednesday, before moving steadily north and developing across most areas through Thursday and Friday.

‘Thunderstorm warnings have been issued across a number of areas to highlight the potential for isolated impacts, including surface water flooding of homes and businesses, disruption to transport, and very isolated damage to infrastructure from lightning or hail.

‘The semi-random nature of showers and thunderstorms means that many places will not see any thunderstorms at all, so it’s not possible at this range to be more precise about the locations at risk, or indeed be more confident about the potential for impacts.’

But, the Met Office’s longer range weather forecast shows that a tropical storm due to cross the Atlantic later this month could affect UK-wide temperatures.

Britain’s 86F heatwave has given way to thunderstorms, heavy downpours and even hail in some parts of the nation as a severe weather warning was issued by The Met Office. Pictured: Cars navigate flooded roads in Plymouth on Wednesday

Meanwhile Wales experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland on Wednesday reached the highest since 1906.

The Met Office confirmed Aberporth, Ceredigion, recorded a 24-hour minimum temperature of 20.5C – breaking the previous record of 18.9C in Rhyl, Denbighshire, in 1949.

This also means people in the area experienced a tropical night, as temperatures remained above 20C.

Charterhall in the Scottish Borders had reached 28.6C by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, making it the warmest September day in the country since 1906, when Gordon Castle in Moray reached 32.2C.

And the heat could be set for a resurgence towards the end of the week, with some forecasters predicting sun from Friday through Sunday.

Netweather reported heat maps showing there could be three days of sun smothering the south of England between Friday and Sunday.

People flocked to their favourite British beaches to lap up the final rays of 86F September sun. Above: Beachgoers at Cullercoats Bay, north Tyneside

People enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures on Whitby beach in Yorkshire on Wednesday, September 8

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