UK weather – Brits hit beaches to bask in 30C scorcher before two days of thunderstorms to batter country
BRITS have hit the beaches today to bask in a 30C scorcher right before the country is set to be battered by two days of thunderstorms.
Sun-loving Brits should take advantage of the warm weather as the mercury will soon plummet.
Temperatures have reached up to 30C in parts of the UK today and The Met Office has said some areas are edging close to recording an official heatwave.
But temperatures are expected to drop tomorrow and Thursday, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for a thunderstorm.
An area of showers is expected to move northwards across southwest England and south Wales tomorrow and there is the chance of some heavy and thundery downpours late in the afternoon.
On Thursday the weather is expected to get worse with showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and even torrential downpours in some places.
The highest temperature today was recorded in Northolt where the mercury reached30.1C.
According to the Met Office, this is the 7th time in September that temperatures have reached in excess of 30Cin the last 50 years.
More widely across England and Wales, conditions are in the mid-to-high 20s, while Scotland and Northern Ireland see temperatures around 24C to 25C.
Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office meteorologist said low pressure moving in from the southwest on Wednesday make it "less hot" in parts of Wales and Northern Ireland, but "hot air" will remain in central and eastern England and Scotland, bringing highs of 26C to 29C.
"We often get a warmer spell particularly early on in September," Mr Dewhurst said, adding: "August was particularly cool… and cloudy, so this spell is the warmest spell of weather since July for the UK."
September has already beaten this August's highest temperature of 27.2C in the UK, which last happened in 2016.
However, the warm weather of the past few days will be disrupted by two days of heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon said that, although good conditions will last until Wednesday, "rain and instability" will follow, leading to possible thunderstorms in southwest England.
The Met Office has warned that the southwest is at risk of heavy rain and lightning.
Meanwhile, tomorrow all of Northern Ireland, Wales, and most of northern England also have alert in place.
By mid-September, conditions are expected to get even less settled with showers and chances of longer spells of rain.
This rain could become heavy, particularly in the west and northwest – and more thunderstorms will be possible throughout the UK.
However, it's not all bad as temperatures are expected to stay above average for the time of year.
According to the Met Office’s long-range forecast, towards the end of the month, a tropical storm is due to cross the Atlantic which could significantly affect weather in the UK.
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