Hurricane Ida is expected to deliver scorching temperatures and thunderstorms to the United Kingdom.
The UK is expected to experience another heatwave next week before strong thunderstorms hit the country, according to the Met Office.
The remains of Hurricane Ida, which battered the United States earlier this week, are affecting the weather in the United Kingdom. The horrific hurricane left a trail of devastation in its wake, knocking out power in broad portions of Louisiana and triggering widespread flooding. The storm is producing a modest dip in the jet stream as it advances across the Atlantic.
This shift allows low pressure to approach the UK as warm air from the south is drawn in.
As a result, next week’s weather is expected to be “wetter and warmer.”
“The remains of Hurricane Ida will be sucking up a lot of warmth and rain,” said Met meteorologist Alex Deakin.
“The jet stream will be pushed up to the north by an active system from the tropics, and then it will sink down.”
Temperatures are expected to reach 25°C during the following few days before showers and thunderstorms arrive, according to the Met Office.
They projected that conditions will be “largely dry on Friday and Saturday before becoming more settled on Sunday with showers and possibly prolonged periods of rain.”
“Some of the rain might be heavy at times, with the possibility of some thunderstorms mixed in,” they warned.
The summer of 2021 has seen a wide range of fortunes for the United Kingdom’s many areas.
While the north and west of the country have had a warmer, dryer, and brighter season than the rest of the country, the south east has been duller and wetter than usual.
In July, London experienced a month’s worth of rain in just one hour, causing widespread flooding throughout the city.
Regardless of the ups and downs, this summer has been the warmest since 2018.
“Summer 2021 will be remembered very differently depending on where you are in the UK, with record-breaking warm conditions in parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland, while it has been much duller and wetter in the south and east,” said Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre.
“This summer has seen a number of remarkable weather phenomena, including a new temperature record for Northern Ireland and Storm Evert, which brought strong winds and heavy rain to England and Wales, as well as excessive rainfall in the south east.”