Britain Braced For Thunderstorms After Record-Breaking Heatwave

Weather warnings have been issued as thundery showers, torrential downpours and potential flash flooding look set to hit parts of the country.lightIt follows three consecutive days of temperatures over 30C – something not witnessed in the UK in September since 1929.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said temperatures will tumble to their seasonal average on Friday, with warnings for rain issued to cover Thursday evening and night, and into the next day: “On Thursday there’s potential for rain and thundery showers in southern England up to the Midlands.

“This could lead to locally torrential downpours, with the risk of hail and frequent lightning. There could be 30-40 mm of rain in an hour and this could lead to the possibility of flash flooding.”

The change in weather comes from a front “which has been sat out in the Atlantic” pushing across the country and meeting the warm humid continental air enjoyed by many this week. The second rain warning issued by the Met Office for Friday covers “most of England” said Mr Madge, except for parts of the North West and extreme parts of the far South West.