Warnings from the Met Office UPDATED: Lightning storms are expected to hit the UK TODAY as the heatwave warning is extended.
Thunder and lightning warnings have been issued by the Met Office as a severe heatwave sweeps the UK, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. Northern Ireland has now been added to the Met Office’s amber heatwave warning. Here is the most recent prediction.
The Met Office has issued an exceptional heatwave warning due to the scorching 30°C temperatures that have gripped the UK in recent days. Forecasters have now issued thunderstorm warnings for much of the United Kingdom, stating that they “may cause travel and power supply effects,” as well as extending the heatwave alert to Northern Ireland.
The thunderstorm warnings follow the first-ever amber excessive heat warning issued by forecasters.
“The high temperatures will remain for the majority of this week,” said Met Office Chief Operational Meteorologist Steven Ramsdale.
“While many locations will continue to experience heat waves, the amber extreme heat warning is focused on western areas, where the most exceptionally high temperatures are expected to prevail.
“Isolated thundery downpours are still possible late in the afternoons, but most places will remain dry until later in the week. Most places could see temperatures starting to dip as the weekend approaches, with some more unsettled conditions expected.”
“Thunderstorms are likely to develop during Tuesday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rain, frequent lightning, huge hail, and gusty gusts, though many places will miss them,” the Met Office warns.
“Within one to two hours, these thunderstorms might dump 30-60 mm of rain.”
The East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, and the West Midlands are all affected.
The advisories go into effect at 1 p.m. today and will last until 11.59 p.m. tonight.
On lightning tracker maps in East Sussex, Crowborough, and Brighton, there are already groups of lightning.
Lightningmaps.org maps show clusters throughout the southeast of England.
The Met Office has issued an excessive heat warning for portions of the UK, with high heat forecast to cause disruption until 11.59pm on Thursday.
“The current hot weather is predicted to linger until later this week,” forecasts warn.
“High temperatures are forecast both throughout the day and at night, with a high on Thursday and a low on Friday.”
“We have an amber extreme heat warning in force till Thursday,” Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said.
“Temperatures are expected to peak around 32°C (89.6°F), with isolated places reaching 33°C (91.4°F).” Brinkwire Summary News”.