Now the UK is facing flash floods and thunderstorms as the heatwave comes to an abrupt end

Now the UK is facing flash floods and thunderstorms as the heatwave comes to an abrupt end

Stormy conditions and heavy downpours are expected next week (Image: AP)

The UK is set for three days of heavy rain, with the Met Office issuing weather warnings after a prolonged heatwave.

With an extreme heat warning coming to an end at midnight tonight, new thunderstorm warnings are now in effect across the country.

It is feared that after such an intense dry spell, downpours will lead to flash flooding and do little to alleviate drought conditions, despite the scorching weather being replaced by thunderstorms.

But it could reduce the threat of wildfires, which have put a huge strain on fire services across the country in recent weeks.

Temperatures reach 34.1°C in Charlwood, Surrey, earlier today, according to the Met Office, which issued an amber warning for thunderstorms across parts of Northern Ireland earlier tonight.

That expired at 10pm, but tomorrow there will be a yellow warning for pretty much the whole of the UK.

For Tuesday and Wednesday, only more parts of the south of the country will be included.

The meteorologist has warned of thunder, lightning and power outages as the rains progress.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said the drastic change in weather is due to an alteration in air pressure.

He explained: ‘We’ve had a number of days where we’ve had clear, strong, clear skies and a strong sun that has warmed the ground.

“We have had high pressure dominance, now we have low pressure dominance, so the air is becoming more unstable.

“Since we’ve had some very high ground temperatures, it doesn’t really take much for the air to become even more unstable and for rain storms to develop quickly.”

A man sunbathes in Greenwich Park, London, almost empty as a drought has been declared in parts of England after the driest summer in 50 years.  Picture date: Sunday August 14, 2022. PA Photo.  A four-day amber warning for extreme heat from the Met Office is in effect for much of England and Wales until Sunday, with warnings of health impacts and travel disruptions.  Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Rain is unlikely to alleviate the drought as the soil is so dry it will have a hard time absorbing water (Image: PA)
Raphael cools off during a paddle on a beach in Teignmouth, Devon, before (Image: Alamy Live News).
Brits enjoyed Black Pride at a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park bake in Stratford earlier today (Image: PA)

The change comes after the National Drought Group (NDG) declared an official drought in eight areas of England on Friday.

Three water companies – Welsh Water, Southern Water and South East Water – have also imposed hose bans, while Yorkshire Water has announced it will start a ban on August 26 and Thames Water is planning one in the coming weeks.

But Stroud said that despite the chance of heavy rain in the coming days, it probably won’t ease the drought.

“It will help a little bit, but to be honest, it’s almost the wrong kind of rain,” he said.

A Lama takes a nap on another scorching hot day in Buckinghamshire (Image: Shutterstock)
A woman walks her dog alongside Huddersfield’s narrow dry canal (Image: PA)
Dry grass like this seen in Eastville Park, Bristol, has started bushfires (Image: PA)

“What we are likely to see are some heavy, intense downpours.

“With the baked soil being so dry, it’s very difficult for the soil to absorb water very quickly… so what tends to happen in these circumstances is that the water runs off and we can potentially have some surface runoff issues, so that some flash floods.’

The hot weather sparked several bushfires across England, with flames burning in Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Essex and Devon.

It comes as a man is also being searched for in the River Thames in west London after he was reported to have had difficulty in the water.


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The Metropolitan Police said a “multi-agency response” was in place after receiving reports of the man in the water at Hampton Court at 4:12 p.m.

Meanwhile, severe weather has already hit Scotland.

Shoppers were evacuated from a Tesco supermarket in Inverness when water entered through the roof.

Videos on social media showed ceiling tiles falling to the floor and water pouring in, covering most of the store’s floor on Sunday.

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