UK weather forecast – Britain to be lashed by more thunderstorms and lightning today after hottest day of yearJune 26, 2020
BRITAIN is to be lashed by more thunderstorms and lightning today after the hottest day of the year.
The Met Office warned of disruption due to flooding, lightning strikes, hail and wind, and it issued a yellow warning for much of the country until Saturday.
Storms are expected to form in the South West and South East of England, Wales, western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Lightning shows in the South West brought to end the sweltering summer heat which tempted thousands of Brits to beaches as temperatures reached 33 degrees yesterday.
The storms erupted at 4.30pm and a yellow weather warning is in place for much of the country from Thursday to Saturday.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Steve Willington, said: “Although many areas will enjoy dry and sunny weather over the next few days, the high temperatures will trigger thunderstorms which may cause flooding and disruption in a few places.
"Thunderstorms could break out over Wales and Scotland from late afternoon and then across southwest England and Northern Ireland later in the evening.
"On Friday thunderstorms could break out more widely across Scotland, England and Wales.
"Where thunderstorms do occur, they will develop quickly with intense rainfall of 30 to 50 mm in just a few hours with lightning an additional hazard."
It comes after thousands of Brits flocked to beaches to enjoy a sweltering heatwave with temperatures soaring to 33.3 degrees, making yesterday the hottest day of the year.
Camber Sands beach was so popular that police were forced to close the road leading to the shore at 10.30am due to heavy traffic.
In Bournemouth, a major incident was declared as thousands defied advice and flocked to beaches leaving emergency crews "completely overstretched."
Meanwhile, a thrillseeker brazenly ignored warning signs and barged threw a safety fence before flinging himself off the top of Durdle Door on the Dorset coast – just weeks after three men were seriously injured doing the same.
In Cornwall a dad drowned while swimming in the sea with his son.
Emergency crews treated him for cardiac arrest with CPR but he was pronounced dead on the scene.
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