British temperatures set to test records

Sean Reid
July 27, 2018

The Met Office said the heat and humidity will spark more thunderstorms later on Friday - which could spoil Britons' view of the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century.

Murphy said that even though the last few days have been warm, conditions for the next week are expected to get "cooler" across the country.

Britons are sweltering in a prolonged heatwave, with temperatures set to test national records, the Meteorological Office says.

UK weather forecast
UK weather forecast The thunderstorms will replace the heatwave we have been experiencing

The heatwave is causing havoc in Britain with people getting into difficulty in rivers and holidaymakers facing travel disruption.

Yellow weather warnings are now beginning to be issued by the Met Office for rain and wind on Sunday, with these weather conditions beginning to spread throughout the UK.

According to the weather monitor, there is a 90 per cent chance of a heatwave hitting the south east this week.

The weather warning is in place from 2pm to midnight, with a chance of heavy thundery downpours that could be "locally torrential".

Thursday saw the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures of 35C (95F) recorded at Heathrow.

"This amber warning covers the period of highest risk into this evening".

Eurotunnel said air conditioning problems meant some carriages could not be used, which led to the delays.

In the capital, London Fire Brigade called for a temporary ban on barbecues in public parks after a spate of grass fires, while Highways England demanded drivers refrain from throwing rubbish from their vehicles following a surge in fires by busy roads.

"Following the recent dry weather, heavy rainfall on dry or compacted ground may run off quickly, causing river levels to rise rapidly and bringing a risk of localised flooding".

Some areas will see a more than 10C drop between Friday and Saturday, Mr Deakin added.

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