Four days of weather warnings ahead with thunderstorms, floods and power cuts

This weekend has seen the return of the UK heatwave with temperatures climbing to highs of 35C in some parts of the country.

It comes as the southern half of the UK has been hit by drought conditions this weekend, while the northern halfbraces for thunderstorms on Sundayand an amber heat warning has been issued by the Met Office.

The amber weather warning for extreme heat is in place until 11.59pm on Sunday for large parts of the south, east, west, midlands and north of England.

The Met Office has put the warning in place saying that people could experience “adverse health effects”, such as sunburn or heat exhaustion, and delays to transport during the hot weather.

However, that’s not where the extreme weather ends and on Wednesday starting at 9am across southern England, the Met Office said as it warned some communities may become cut off by "flooded roads" while fast flowing or deep floodwater could pose a "danger to life".

The alert impacts the East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, South West England and West Midlands.

The Met Office urged motorists to beware of spray and sudden flooding, which could lead to "difficult driving conditions and some road closures".

Thunderstorm warnings will begin at midday on Sunday in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with subsequent warnings issued further south, including much of England and Wales, from the early morning tomorrow (Monday) and lasting until Wednesday.

Dan Stroud, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the drastic change in weather is due to an alteration in the air pressure.

He told the PA news agency: “We’ve had a number of days now where we’ve had clear, strong, clear skies and strong sunshine which has heated up the ground.

“We’ve had high pressure dominating, now we’re having low pressure dominate, so the air is becoming more unstable. As we’ve had some very high ground temperatures, it doesn’t actually take too much for the air to become even more unstable and for thundery showers to develop quickly.”

The Met Office said, thundery showers also bring with them the chance of some surface water flooding as large volumes of water fall onto dry ground and often fail to be absorbed.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: "The current hot weather will make way for a thundery breakdown from the west, which will spread south and east in the early part of next week.

"Ahead of this, isolated but intense thunderstorms are possible Sunday and Monday.

"The warnings highlight the chance of some places seeing around 50mm of rain falling in a three-hour period in the north, with some areas further south possibly seeing around 30mm of rain in a three-hour period.

"Hail and frequent lightning are also possible as part of these downpours and represent an additional hazard."


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