Severe storms and hot-humid weather is predicted for much of the UK.
The Met Office has issued warnings to the public and the emergency services to expect dangerous thunderstorms alongside record-breaking heat. Britain enjoyed its hottest day in 9 years on July 1. The heatwave notched up a temperature of 36.7C at Heathrow Airport
Wet and hazardous weather leading to severe local thunderstorms is predicted by the weather centre.
The Daily Mirror reports:
A statement read: “We warn the public and emergency responders of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause danger to life or widespread disruption through our National Severe Weather Warning Service.”
Forecasters for the Met Office said the thunderstorms could hit North West, North East, Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands in England, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside & Fife, SW Scotland and Lothian Borders in Scotland, as well as Wales tonight.
The South of England risks thunderstorms tomorrow with the Midlands and North hit on Friday night.
A statement on the Met Office website said: “A hot and increasingly humid airmass now lies across much of the UK.
“This airmass is conducive to isolated thunderstorm development during the afternoon and into the evening.
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 1, 2015
“With large amounts of energy available in the atmosphere, storms could be severe, with torrential downpours, gusts to 50 mph and large hail of around 1cm in diameter.
“20-30 mm of rain is possible in an hour, with as much as 40 to 50 mm possible in 3 hours very locally.
“Large uncertainty remains regarding areas most at risk from storms, and many areas will miss these altogether and stay dry.
“However, where they do develop, disruption is possible.”
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