UK Weather – Brits to be battered by thunderstorms with warnings across the country after 32C sunshine | The Sun

UK Weather – Brits to be battered by thunderstorms with warnings across the country after 32C sunshine | The Sun

June 12, 2023

BRITS are bracing to be battered by storms after bathing in 32C sunshine yesterday.

The Met Office has issued several weather warnings as heavy rain, thunder and lightning break through the band of high pressure that has bathed the UK in sunshine for days.

Parts of Northern Ireland, the North West and northern Scotland, along with almost all of the West Midlands and Wales, are under yellow warnings for thunderstorms.

Southern Wales and a large part of the South West are subject to a yellow warning for rain.

The Met predicts the chance of "sudden" flooding in these areas, including flooding of homes, as well as potential travel delays.

In the worst affected parts of Wales and the West Midlands, power cuts are possible and "other services" to some properties could be "lost", according to the warnings.


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It comes after the mercury crept up to 32C in Surrey yesterday before giving way to torrential rain.

Revellers enjoying the Parklife festival in Manchester's Heaton Park suffered the impact of a turn in the weather, with acts put on hold due to downpours.

Crowds scrambled for cover and performance on all stages stopped for an hour as the heavens opened and lightning stuck over the festival attended by 70,000 people, on its second day with acts such as the 1975, the Prodigy and Carl Cox scheduled to play.

The conditions are due to an 'Iberian plume' – a mass of warm air travelling north from Spain that has also triggered a risk of downpours.

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As of this morning, the Environment Agency has one flood warning, meaning flooding is likely, and 16 flood alerts, meaning that it is possible, active.

Areas affected include Bottle Brook, Derbyshire, and the River Maun, Nottinghamshire.

The Met's forecast for today states: "Staying hot and humid for many on Monday, with plenty of sunny spells developing.

"Scattered, slow-moving thundery showers will develop during the day. Feeling very warm but cooler near eastern coasts."

Tomorrow is also "possibly thundery" but for many will be "very warm" and "muggy".

However, better days could be in the way, as the forecast for the latter part of the week predicts that a build-up of high pressure will turn conditions "more settled with plenty of dry weather and long periods of warm sunshine on offer".

The long-range forecast for the rest of the month also suggests "fine and settled" weather in the next couple of weeks, before the chance of thunderstorms rears its head again later in June.

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