While we soak up the sun and sweat in this God almighty heatwave, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in force for a section of the UK today as torrential downpours hit the country. The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning for eastern Scotland, with the worst of the weather expected between noon and 9pm.
Forecasters say flooding is likely, with heavy showers likely to lash the area. Thundery showers are also expected in Northern Ireland this evening.
A ‘danger to life’ thunderstorm warning will also be in force for large swathes of the country tomorrow, from noon to 9pm. The Met Office warned the weather could result in power cuts, delays for drivers and disruption for rail and bus passengers.
There will be torrential rainfall across nearly all of Scotland and north, north-east and north-west England tomorrow. Lightning is also on the cards for central England and north Wales. Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “We have a warning out for heavy thunderstorms for parts of eastern Scotland as we move through Wednesday evening.
“[There’s] potential for some slow moving heavy thundery downpours with a lot of rain falling in a short period of time, something to bear in mind if you’re out and about on the road.
“Wherever you are it will be quite a warm day… top temperatures are once again likely to be across parts of the south where we could see 25C.”
Other areas of the country will experience cloudy conditions today and tomorrow, although there will be highs of 24 to 25C on both days.
The weather should pick up on Friday, with the sun making an appearance across nearly the whole of the UK. However, temperatures will drop slightly on Friday and Saturday, with highs of just 22C, despite sunshine in some areas.
There was a north-south split in conditions across the country yesterday as rain lashed the north, while the south enjoyed sunshine and warm temperatures. The mercury reached 25.8C in Heathrow, London, yesterday, although it dropped to 4.4C in Baltasound, Scotland.
Speaking about today’s conditions, a netweather.tv spokesman said: “In a mixed day across England and Wales, the best of the sunshine will be in the south, but cloud amounts will vary.
“There’ll also be a greater risk of catching a shower which could turn heavy in the east, later perhaps with thunder. Wimbledon could be affected, but the showers will be ‘hit and miss’ with some places mostly in the south and south-west staying dry.
“Little change is expected into the evening with showers dotted about, some heavy and thundery over Scotland and eastern England at first.
“The showers will continue over Scotland after dark but should become lighter and fewer over England and Wales for a time.”
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Rather cloudy in northern and central areas with outbreaks of rain. Some brighter spells are possible in the afternoon, with a risk of heavy thundery downpours in northeast Scotland. Drier and brighter in the south and feeling warm and humid.
Thundery showers easing in the evening. A band of rain, heavy at times, moves across northern and central areas. Drier in the south with clear spells. Rather warm and muggy.
Scattered, slow-moving heavy showers developing in eastern Scotland and northeast England, thundery in places during the afternoon. Generally scattered showers and warm sunny spells elsewhere, but cloudy around some coasts.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Warm sunny spells Friday with scattered showers in northern and eastern areas, thundery in places. Drier with sunny spells into the weekend, but low cloud may affect North Sea coasts.