Thunderstorms, hail and rain set to lash Britain today as temperatures dip to 18C


Brace for THUNDERSTORMS: Rain, hail and lightning will lash Britain today as Met Office issues a weather warning and temperatures dip to 18C

  • Average temperatures expected but a yellow weather warning has been issued for the west of England today
  • Experts warn of difficult driving conditions, delays to train services, short term loss of power and flooding
  • The mercury will then begin to rise from Monday, however, as the prospect of showers also begins to diminish

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Britons are being warned to brace themselves for thunderstorms, hail and rain today as the recent warm weather makes way for cooler and wetter conditions.

Temperatures are likely to remain at around 18C throughout the day, and will continue to be around the same level over the weekend.

However, the mercury will then begin to rise from Monday, hitting highs of around 23C by the middle of the week, as the prospect of showers also begins to diminish.

Before then though, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the west of England ahead of the arrival of storms this afternoon.

Experts warn of difficult driving conditions, delays to train services, short term loss of power, flooding and building damage as a result.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Neil Armstrong said: ‘A period of showery conditions during summer always brings the possibility of some of those showers turning heavy and thundery, possibly with hail. 

‘Some of these showers will be slow-moving so that could increase local impacts with rainfall totals reaching 30mm or more in isolated locations. In the heaviest showers these could be accompanied by hail and lightning.’

The tropical Gunnera Manicata plant has enjoyed ideal weather conditions this year to produce giant green leaves at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset

The tropical Gunnera Manicata plant has enjoyed ideal weather conditions this year to produce giant green leaves at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens in Dorset

Car drivers are pictured braving heavy rain in Chippenham as showers make their way across Southern England

Car drivers are pictured braving heavy rain in Chippenham as showers make their way across Southern England

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the west of England ahead of the arrival of storms this afternoon

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the west of England ahead of the arrival of storms this afternoon

A number of empty seats were spotted on court 3 at Wimbledon today as the rain continues to fall in SW19 this week

A number of empty seats were spotted on court 3 at Wimbledon today as the rain continues to fall in SW19 this week 

Spectators on the hill during day four of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

Spectators on the hill during day four of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon

Women arrive in their finery for the third day of the Henley Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire this morning

Women arrive in their finery for the third day of the Henley Royal Regatta in Oxfordshire this morning 

It means the drizzle that has affected Wimbledon earlier this week is set to continue, though that hasn’t deterred tennis fans turning out in their droves and hiding under umbrellas after three years away from SW19 due to Covid.

Britain’s Katie Boulter and 2008 and 2010 champion Rafa Nadal are both due on Centre Court today, though the roof may need to be kept firmly over the playing surface.

During the early part of next week, conditions are forecast to become more dominated by a ridge of high pressure. This will bring the prospect of drier, brighter and more settled conditions for much of the UK. 

Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster Daniel Rudman said: ‘We anticipate that the area of high pressure currently over the Azores will increasingly extend towards the South West of the UK. 

‘This will lead to leading to a good deal of warmer and mostly dry weather, especially across the south, although it may also bring cloud and rain into the northwest at times.

‘With the position of this high pressure bringing air in from the Atlantic, it unlikely to encourage exceptionally high temperatures as those are normally associated with a southerly flow of air from southern Europe or North Africa. 

‘However, we are likely to see a shift away from the below-average temperatures to values somewhat above average possibly even extending to very warm especially across the south.’

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