UK weather forecast LIVE: African plume to spark 27C heatwave this week amid explosive thunderstorms, says Met Office

UK weather forecast LIVE: African plume to spark 27C heatwave this week amid explosive thunderstorms, says Met Office

May 16, 2022

AN African hot air plume will bring a 27C heatwave this week – but thunder & heavy showers sparked by humidity are set to strike.

The tropical blast sweeping in from the south will plunge the country into a steamy hot spell, with the mercury set to rocket by the middle of this week, according to weather experts

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: "During the early part of next week it’s possible to see low to mid 20s fairly widely, and high 20s around the South East if we get sunshine associated with this plume.

"However, as I mentioned, it does bring the threat of thundery outbreaks at the same time."

His colleague Alex Deakin said "warm and humid air" will likely "spark some heavy, thundery showers".

The Met's long-range forecast has predicted warm temperatures will last until May 23.

Read our weather blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    UK Monday to Thursday forecast

    Rain, heavy in places, continuing northwards, followed by sunny spells and scattered heavy showers.

    Fine later across many southern then central areas. Warm for most but northeast cooler and misty.

    Very warm, perhaps locally hot Tuesday with areas of thundery rain moving north across the UK.

    Further thundery rain is likely Wednesday before it turns fresher for most by Thursday.

  • Louis Allwood

    Londoners will have a dry morning today

    Largely cloudy but dry on Monday morning, the cloud slowly breaking to become largely sunny in the afternoon.

    A few showers in the north.

    Warm though cooler along coastal areas with maximum temperatures of 23 °C.

  • Louis Allwood

    Met Office advice for road flooding

    • If the road is flooded, turn around and find another route. The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.
    • Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing.
    • Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car’s engine will lead to severe damage.
    • Never drive through flood water. Turn around.
    • Louis Allwood

      UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

      Tuesday will bring sunny spells however cloud will build in from the west during the day bringing rain to Northern Ireland and western Britain later.

      Wednesday will be largely dry and bright with periods of sunshine and patchy cloud cover. Showers are expected across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    • Louis Allwood

      Monday's forecast

      A dull start to the day with cloudy skies for most areas and there will be rain across northern Britain which will continue to slowly clear from the south during the day.

      It will be brighter further south with cloud breaking to reveal sunny spells but showers will be slow to clear during the morning.

    • Louis Allwood

      Could we have the ‘hottest day of the year’ this month?

      Yesterday could be the hottest day of the year so far – with temperatures soaring to a sizzling 24C as a scorching five-day heatwave hits the UK.

      And it's only going to get hotter – as a North African plume brings soaring temperatures from across the continent.

      Previously, May 6 recorded a scorching 23.6C in Faversham, Kent.

      In fact, this month could be the hottest May in 100 years as sweltering weather is expected to reach our coasts.

      The current record is 27.8C which was recorded in Camden, North London on May 16, 1925.

    • Louis Allwood

      Brits face ‘record’ heatwaves this summer

      Looking into the long- range summer weather James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, has said: “The overall summer forecast is now pointing towards at least four or five major heatwaves.”

      The Met Office’s three-month weather outlook is more conservative, with forecasters predicting a “40% chance” this summer “will be significantly hotter than average”.

    • Louis Allwood

      Could next week be the wettest day of the year?

      Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Through next week we expect above-average temperatures, the mid- to high-20Cs is possible at times mainly towards the south-east if we see sunshine with this plume.

      “But with those high temperatures we could see showers or thunderstorms breaking out.

      “It will be warm or perhaps very warm next week, and at times there will be outbreaks of rain.”

      Bookmaker Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on late spring rainfall offering 3-1 from 8-1 on next week bringing the wettest day of the year.

    • Louis Allwood

      UK weather outlook for Monday and Tuesday

      Monday will dull and damp with cloudy skies and heavy rain or showers tracking northwards which will clear to reveal sunny spells and just a few isolated showers later.

      There will be sunny spells on Tuesday however variable amounts of cloud will build and outbreaks of rain will spread into the west.

    • Louis Allwood

      Expert tips for keeping it cool

      With temperatures about to skyrocket into the high 20s, wellness experts from Zeal CBD have put together some tips on how to keep your home as cool as possible for the family, as well as pets:  

      • Put a bowl of ice in front of a fan – Simply put a bowl bucket or even tupperware filled with ice water directly in front of a fan. As the ice melts the breeze from the fan will pick up the cool air and will create a cool breeze.
      • Keep curtains and windows closed during the day – On a gorgeous sunny day it’s natural to want to want to see the sun and have it shining in through your windows, but it will heat up your surroundings similar to a greenhouse!
      • Open windows once the day gets cooler -Once it gets towards the evening, temperatures will start cooling down, which means it’s time to open your windows – and have one open whilst you sleep (if it’s safe to do so).
      • Turn off the lights – It’s best to avoid any sort of extra light or heat sources when the temperature is already scorching! 

      For pets:

      • Encourage them to stay in shaded areas and away from direct sunlight – Pet safety comes first and ensuring your pet is in a shaded area will keep them cool.
      • Put down damp towels for them to lie on – A quick method to cool your pet down is to damp a towel with cold water for your pet to lie on.
      • Put the garden sprinkler on – If you have a sprinkler or a hose then turn it on during a hot summers day. This can be a fun activity for kids and will keep your pet feeling cool in the sun.

      Summer weather and open water-bathing, know the RISKS

      As hot weather approaches, open bodies of water might look so inviting to cool off in, but they also carry health risks.

      Open water swimming has many benefits, but it can also be very dangerous to your health.

      On a summers day, a dip in a lake or river or even the sea can look so tempting. However, pollution and sewage spills are a rare possibility.

      Rains also bring harmful bacteria into open water spaces.

      There are more than 400 monitored open bathing locations in the UK. Areas that are not designated are managed to protect fish and wildlife.

      Check these out on the Environment Agency’s Swimfo website to make sure the water is safe to swim in.

      The Met Office collects data, to check water quality. If the water isn’t checked, there is a chance it might carry E-Coli, toxic algae and intestinal enterococci which can make you very ill.

      Rain warning: Keep up-to-date with the weather today

      Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Through Saturday night and Sunday, temperatures rise and the fine weather arrives.

      “We could also see some showers or thunderstorms drifting north from the continent, most likely affecting the southern part of the UK on Saturday night and Sunday, but perhaps more widely later.

      “At the same time, if we get some sunshine and this plume occurring, temperatures could be rising.

      “During the early part of next week it’s possible to see low to mid 20s fairly widely, and high 20s around the South East if we get sunshine associated with this plume.

      “However, as I mentioned, it does bring the threat of thundery outbreaks at the same time.”

      His colleague Alex Deakin said “warm and humid air” will likely “spark some heavy, thundery showers”.

      “If you have weather-dependant plans on Sunday, keep up to date with the forecasts,” he warned.

      How to sleep in a heatwave 

      FALLING asleep when it’s still sweltering outside can be a real nightmare for many of us.

      But help is at hand, as we’ve got some top tips and tricks on how to avoid baking in bed during a heatwave:

      • Don’t go commando
      • Turn off all the plug sockets 
      • Ice some rice
      • Watch what you drink
      •  Chill your bedding

      Read the article in full here for some more tips.

      Edinburgh will see highs of 16C tomorrow

      A cloudy start with a band of heavy rain spreading north.

      Drier towards the end of the day with some patchy low cloud.

      Fresh southeasterly breeze along the west coast with maximum temperatures of 16 °C.

      UK Monday to Thursday forecast

      Rain, heavy in places, continuing northwards, followed by sunny spells and scattered heavy showers.

      Fine later across many southern then central areas. Warm for most but northeast cooler and misty.

      Very warm, perhaps locally hot Tuesday with areas of thundery rain moving north across the UK.

      Further thundery rain is likely Wednesday before it turns fresher for most by Thursday.

      • Louis Allwood

        Tonight's London forecast

        Further heavy showers and thunderstorms will move north this evening and overnight, with the potential for some torrential downpours, with frequent lightning and hail for a time.

        However, it will become drier from the south by dawn, feeling rather humid with minimum temperatures of 15 °C.

      • Louis Allwood

        Londoners will have a dry morning tomorrow

        Largely cloudy but dry on Monday morning, the cloud slowly breaking to become largely sunny in the afternoon.

        A few showers in the north.

        Warm though cooler along coastal areas with maximum temperatures of 23 °C.

      • Louis Allwood

        Storms caused by 'plume of warm and humid air'

        Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: "After a warm and sunny day for many parts, we will see showers start to push their way in from the south.

        "That's down to this plume of warm and humid air coming off the continent.

        "That's going to allow some heavy showers to develop and the odd rumbling of thunder as well.

        "Down in the south east though, we could see highs of 25C, and that will be the hottest day of the year so far.

        "But with that warm and muggy air, we will then see further showers start to push in from the south once again through overnight, and again, a risk of thunder for many southern parts of the country."

      • Louis Allwood

        Floods could begin due to the storms

        The grim weather could spark floods, while strikes and ice pelts might also cause damage to some buildings.

        And the Met Office has urged those travelling to take extra care and allow additional time.

        Some roads may be forced to close and driving conditions could be challenging – and train and bus services face delays and cancellations.

        The squall will be a shock to the system for most Brits after balmy sunshine yesterday.

      • Louis Allwood

        Met Office advice for road flooding

        • If the road is flooded, turn around and find another route. The number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water, so the safest advice is turn around, don’t drown.
        • Although the water may seem shallow, just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can float your car, potentially taking it to deeper water from which you may need rescuing.
        • Flood water also contains hidden hazards which can damage your car, and just an egg-cupful of water sucked into your car’s engine will lead to severe damage.
        • Never drive through flood water. Turn around.

        What to expect from today's warning?

        • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail
        • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
        • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
        • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
        • Milica Cosic

          Rain forecast for later this evening

          Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge has said: “Further north will be drier and with clear skies it will feel much fresher here away from the muggy air down across southern counties.

          “And that's how we really start off on Sunday morning, grey with some outbreaks of rain in the south. A few showers just making their way into the south western parts of Scotland.

          "But during the day, the sun will come out, the cloud will break and that will allow temperatures to climb once again.

          “And down in the southeast, we could see highs of 25 degrees and that will be the hottest day of the year so far.

          "But with that warm and muggy air, we will then see further showers start to push in from the south once again through the overnight period.

          "And again, we will see a risk of thunder for many southern parts of the country.”

        • Milica Cosic

          Met Office warns of incoming thunderstorms

          The Met Office has forecast violent thunderstorms after Britain's hottest weekend of the year.

          A yellow weather warning comes into effect from 8pm on Sunday, lasting until 5am tomorrow.

          The Met Office says there is a chance homes and businesses could fall victim to flash floods. Buildings are also at risk of damage from lightning strikes and hail.

          “Although the locations affected by thunderstorms remains uncertain, a few places may experience a combination of heavy rain, frequent lightning and hail during Sunday night,” a statement said.

          “Should thunderstorms develop, they are likely to move north from the south coast during Sunday evening into parts of south Wales, southern England and East Anglia overnight before gradually weakening during Monday morning.

          "Whilst some places will remain dry, a few places may see 20-30 mm of rain fall in less than an hour, with frequent lightning and hail additional hazards.”

        • Milica Cosic

          UK weather outlook for Tuesday and Wednesday

          Tuesday will bring sunny spells however cloud will build in from the west during the day bringing rain to Northern Ireland and western Britain later.

          Wednesday will be largely dry and bright with periods of sunshine and patchy cloud cover. Showers are expected across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

        • Milica Cosic

          Monday's forecast

          A dull start to the day with cloudy skies for most areas and there will be rain across northern Britain which will continue to slowly clear from the south during the day.

          It will be brighter further south with cloud breaking to reveal sunny spells but showers will be slow to clear during the morning.

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