UK weather – Severe thunderstorms to batter Britain next week as yellow warnings issued for WHOLE of UK

AS temperatures soar this weekend, Brits are being warned to brace themselves for summer storms early next week.

While the temperatures will remain high, storms are set to batter Britain with yellow warnings issued for the whole of the UK.

The Met Office has warned that the country will be hit by storms, but it's still unclear the exact areas.

Forecasters say storms are: "increasingly likely to develop over the south of the UK or nearby continent late in the weekend or early next week."

The storms are set to "generally track north of north-westwards, potentially affecting all parts of the UK at some point."

The scorching weather that has blazed through the country is expected to trigger the thunderstorms.

In the north of the country and in Scotland and Northern Ireland heavy rainfall is a possibility.

Where the storms are heaviest, up to 1.5 inches of rainfall in some areas, with some locations potentially seeing up to 3 inches in three hours.


The yellow weather warnings run from midnight on Monday through to 11.59pm on Tuesday.

BBC Weather forecaster Alina Jenkins said: "Really as we start to look into next week, we are still holding on to some fairly high temperatures, it is going to be feeling warm for many of us, and also we have an area of low pressure in the Bay of Biscay.

“This combination of low pressure and above-average temperatures is a good recipe for thunderstorms.

“Such as their nature, they are going to be hit and miss."

Yesterday it was hotter than Barbados and was the hottest August day in 17 years.

However, despite the blistering heat, temperatures did not beat the previous hottest day on record which saw Brits roast in 38.7C in Cambridge on 25 July last year.

Today is going to be a scorcher with highs of 35C, but there are fears the emergency services will be inundated as thousands plan to flock to beaches again.

Yesterday, Bournemouth council slapped a warning on a 13-mile stretch of coastline over concerns beaches were too crowded to adhere to coronavirus social distancing rules.

According to the Met Office, today it's expected to reach 37C in the south.

Devon and Cornwall locals are said to be furious as thousands of tourists flocked to the seaside towns as foreign holidays were cancelled due to Covid-19.

Yesterday, London saw the day’s hottest temperatures with Heathrow Airport reaching a sizzling 36.4C and the mercury passing 36.3C at Kew Gardens.

Gatwick Airport and Cambridge also recorded times of 33C with Wiggonholt in West Sussex clocking up 32.9C.

Crowds have flocked to coastal resorts, parks and rivers across the country as they make the most of the sizzling conditions.

Car parks at Camber in East Sussex were packed yesterday, with tailbacks bringing roads to a standstill around the famous sandy dunes.

Traffic also clogged roads around Bournemouth as sun-worshippers headed to the coast before the beaches filled up.

Locals were warned by a councillor to stay away from the centre of one North Wales town as large number of visitors caused "bedlam" and made social distancing "impossible".

The warning came from Pwllheli councillor Dylan Bullard, who said yesterday: "Pwllheli is bedlam today. If you're thinking of coming into town, please consider leaving it to later.

"The car parks are full and cars are parked illegally. Social distancing is impossible at the moment and people are queuing to get into shops."

HM Coastguard said around 70 call-outs had been made across the UK by midday on Friday, which is "above average for this time of year".

The Coastguard reported its busiest day for more than four years as it dealt with 329 incidents on July 31, when the UK recorded the hottest day of the year and the third warmest on record at 37.8C.

Matt Leat, head of infrastructure and technology lead at HM Coastguard, said: "The coast is very busy today and that's grown across the morning and will continue to grow as the day goes on.

"Looking back to last Friday, we are going to hit that many number of call-outs potentially today and this weekend."

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