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Map reveals where thunder and heavy rain will batter Britain

Map reveals where thunder and heavy rain will batter Britain – as Met Office issues yellow warnings across UK as week-long heatwave ends

  • Met Office issues thunderstorm alert for south-east with warning of flooding
  • In some rural parts of England, temperatures will drop to single digits 

Parts of England and Wales are in for miserable weather on Tuesday as Britain’s September heatwave comes to an end – with a map of the country swathed in yellow as forecasters issued weather alerts.

London and the south-east have been slapped with a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms, with the Met Office warning of a danger of ‘flooding and disruption’ from 12pm until 8pm on Tuesday.

A yellow weather alert for rain is also in place for parts of northern England and the Midlands, where heavy showers could cause flooding and affect travel routes this morning.

The lashings of rain set to batter the country and the drop in temperatures to 22C comes after a record-breaking heatwave that saw 32.5C recorded in some areas.

In some rural parts of northern England temperatures will plunge into single figures, with frost on the horizon for some rural areas, bringing an end to long-standing humid conditions and an unseasonably warm start to the autumn.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued in the south-east

Thunderstorms are expected in the south-east – after they made landfall in Wales last week (pictured, Builth Wells in Powys)

Torrential downpours in Newcastle on Sunday saw roads flooded. Forecasters have warned motorists in northern England and the south-east to be alert to disruption on the roads 

Rain showers are set to batter parts of England today, bringing the record-breaking September heatwave to an end 

Meteorologist Alex Deakin predicted: ‘On Tuesday across the south east temperatures will remain in the high teens whereas in the north temperatures will drop down to single figures. 

‘The contrast is being created by a weather front, a line of cloud and outbreaks of rain that are slowly trickling south, with one or two heavy showers.

‘Still warm across the south east, and still the humidity, which may trigger one or two heavy, perhaps even thundery showers, throughout the afternoon.’

Tomorrow, all parts of the country will remain cooler with sunny spells, before rain arriving during the afternoon.

Spells of rain will continue later into the week before weather turning warmer and humid again in the southeast on Saturday, bringing the risk of more thunderstorms.

Looking forward to next week, a combination of sunny spells and scattered showers will continue. 

Humid conditions will potentially bring heavy, thundery outbreaks of rain and sustained showers. 

As October begins, temperatures are likely to remain above average, the forecaster said, with more warm spells expected than normal.  

The September heatwave saw thousands of people pull a sickie to make the most of the soaring temperatures. 

BrightHR, which monitors absence among more than 800,000 workers, told the Daily Star that the number of Britons off work yesterday to enjoy 28C could rise by a fifth.

BRISTOL: People with umbrellas hide themselves from the rain on Sunday as they look at Clifton Suspension Bridge 

KENT: Earlier this week thousands flocked to beaches up and down the country to make the most of sizzling temperatures 

CAMBRIDGE: People enjoying punting along the River Cam earlier this week as temperatures soar

KENT: Paddleboarders and sailors headed out to make the most of the balmy weather conditions 

BRIGHTON: More than 150,000 beachgoers flocked to the shores of Brighton last week 

The spell of hot weather broke the record for the most consecutive days with temperatures above 30C in September, with Saharan dust generating vivid sunsets and sunrises in the clear conditions.

The Met Office said that the highest temperature on Sunday was recorded in Cambridge, at 32.5C.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said that the heatwave is ‘unprecedented’.

It saw 150,000 flock to Brighton beach over the weekend, with Blackpool pulling in 100,000 visitors.

The hot weather triggered a fresh wave of health warnings, creating fears that the NHS will come under pressure, as those with heart conditions or breathing difficulties are put at most risk.

Some events were also cancelled, including Dogfest, which was due to take place this weekend at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire but was called off after the weather conditions were deemed ‘not in the best interests of dogs’.

The scorching conditions made the UK warmer than Malaga on the Costa del Sol, which was only set to reach 28C (82F) over the weekend. 

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