UK thunderstorm MAPPED: Heavy rain and thundery showers this weekend in England
UK Weather: Temperatures to continue to rise
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The UK has been basking in prolonged sunlight and high temperatures this week, but it’s expected to come to an abrupt end in just a few days. Much of England will be experiencing rain at some point this weekend, with the south coast most likely to be affected by thundery showers.
Temperatures are expected to cool down a little this weekend, after a week-long heatwave.
It could still reach the low 20s in degrees Celsius, however, which might spark thunderstorms.
London and the south coast can expect heavy downpours on Saturday afternoon, according to the latest data from Ventusky.
Kent, Surrey and Sussex are also likely to be affected by the storms at about lunchtime.
Saturday morning will start with up to 20mm of rainfall within three hours in Wiltshire and parts of Hampshire.
As the day progresses, it will start to affect most parts of England south of Leeds.
The South-East, including London, can also expected heavy rain on Sunday evening, at about 7pm.
Most of the downpours will be accompanied by lightning and storm conditions.
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The Met Office issued a yellow rain warning for the southern half of England, and most of Wales.
The warning stretches across the entire weekend, starting at midnight on Saturday morning, and ending 48 hours later.
It warned some homes and businesses could be flooded, and there might be difficult driving conditions.
There’s also a risk of power cuts in some areas, with public transport disruptions.
“Outbreaks of rain and some thunderstorms are expected to spread from the southwest on Friday night,” said the Met Office.
“This introducing unsettled conditions to much of England and Wales for Saturday and Sunday.
“Heavy, thundery showers are likely to break out by day, particularly on Sunday when these could be widespread and locally torrential.
“Lightning and hail are also expected. Rainfall amounts will vary from place to place, but there is the potential for up to 100mm to build up in some locations over the course of the weekend, much of which could fall in a short period of time.”
This week has seen the UK reach the highest temperatures so far this year.
A provisional record of 32.3C was reported at Heathrow Airport – beating the 31.6C from the previous Sunday.
The heatwave is likely to continue for a few more days, before returning in the middle of August.
The warmest ever temperature recorded in the UK was 38.7C in July 2019.
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