Thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast for England and Wales on Tuesday with wet conditions amid flash flood warnings and disruptions.
The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for most of the UK on Tuesday as conditions could also lead to transport disruption and power outages in areas affected by heavy rain.
Hail, frequent lightning and flash flooding are possible as the rain is likely to become more concentrated later in southern England.
Showers are expected across Scotland on Tuesday but will gradually ease as the day progresses, while Northern Ireland will be the driest.
Tuesday’s forecast follows heavy rain and flooding in parts of Devon and Cornwall on Monday afternoon, while thunderstorms developed in east coast counties like Essex, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.
The wet weather comes after weeks of little rain and high temperatures that caused droughts in several parts of the country as well as wildfires and triggered a garden hose ban.
Videos shared on social media showed a roundabout by a river in Truro, Cornwall, rapidly flooding as downpours rolled in.
Despite the expected thunderstorms, the Met Office said Monday marked the eighth day in a row with 30C recorded in the UK. Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said temperatures would be lower on Tuesday, with highs of around 27C as the peak temperature.
Flood warnings when water runs off the surface
Due to the dry ground of the past few weeks, experts have warned that the likelihood of flooding is higher because the surfaces act “a bit like concrete” and the water runs off instead of seeping in.
“There’s the damage to homes and businesses that these floods can cause, and the inconvenience of transport disruption, but if it’s very heavy in one place, it can also be very dangerous,” Prof Hannah said. Cloke, a hydrology expert at the University of Reading.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday warned residents of the capital to prepare for flash flooding this week amid heavy rain and thunderstorms.
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Experts have warned that the city’s drainage systems may not be able to cope with a sudden downpour, as water is likely to drain from land that has dried up over weeks of little rain and sleet. warm weather.
Geographers and meteorologists say the best kind of rain to bring the land out of its parched state would be a light drizzle.
Possible travel disruptions
Mr Dewhurst warned that poor weather conditions could pose difficulties for those hoping to travel and urged people to keep up to date with developments in their area.
He said we will see “very heavy showers developing over the next few days”.
Yellow weather warnings are also in place for southern England on Wednesday, where communities could be cut off by flooded roads, and the risk of rapid or deep flood water could be life threatening.
But as the week progresses, the weather is expected to turn cooler with some rain showers, particularly in the north of the UK.
Mr Dewhurt said temperatures will generally be around average for many, but could possibly be a little above for the far south in the mid-20s.
“It seems more likely that Wednesday night into Thursday will get cooler for everyone,” he added.