BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood issues warning for 'extreme heat'
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Met Office forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for rain and have cautioned of thunderstorms as the heatwave continues. On Tuesday Britain baked in 32.2C heat, making it the hottest day of the year so far. Now a deluge of rain and thunderstorms are due to hit.
Heatwave conditions have seen temperatures push up to above 32C this week, with Brits heading to beaches and parks in their droves to soak up the sunshine.
Periods of extended heat often lead to thunderstorms, and parts of the UK saw a sudden change in the weather on Tuesday as hail, lightning, torrential rain and thunder hit.
Golf-ball sized hail was reported across parts of the UK, with torrential downpours seen in parts of London and the southeast.
Now warnings for rain have been issued by the Met Office, with the potential for further thunderstorms, accompanied by lightning and hail.
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The Met Office warns: “Outbreaks of rain and some thunderstorms are expected to spread from the southwest on Friday night, this introducing unsettled conditions to much of England and Wales for Saturday and Sunday.
“Heavy, thundery showers are likely to break out by day, particularly on Sunday when these could be widespread and locally torrential. Lightning and hail are also expected.
“Rainfall amounts will vary from place to place, but there is the potential for up to 100 mm to build up in some locations over the course of the weekend, much of which could fall in a short period of time.”
The warnings are in force from midnight on Saturday, July 24 through to 11.59pm on Sunday, July 25.
The warning area covers the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, South West England, North West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
This comes as several amber heat warnings are in place across the UK, the first-ever extreme heat warnings from the Met Office.
One extreme heat warning spans London and South East England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands and is in place until 11.59pm on Thursday.
The second is in place until 11.59pm on Friday and is for Northern Ireland.
The Met Office writes: “The current hot weather is expected to continue until later this week, with daytime temperatures peaking on Wednesday and Thursday.
“High overnight temperatures are also expected before temperatures fall on Friday.”
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