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Storm Kyle: Thunderstorms to lash Britain as charts show BRUTAL weather system strike UK
August 17, 2020
Last week, Britons basked in a scorching heatwave, with temperatures surging beyond 35C in what were some of the hottest days of the year so far. But the weekend has been dominated by heavy rain and thunderstorms, with the horrific weather set to last for most of this month. Today has seen thundery showers and downpours smash into large parts of the UK, becoming even more widespread throughout the afternoon in southern and central regions.
The brutal weather will continue on Tuesday, with forecaster, The Weather Outlook, warning: “All regions could see heavy and thundery showers.
“The heaviest ones may be in the north and east. Some bright spells are likely and where the sun puts in an appearance it will feel warm.”
The country will experience a dry start on Wednesday, with outbreaks of rain likely pushing northeastwards across much of England and Wales.
Thursday through to Sunday will see the hugely unsettled weather continuing, with all regions being battered by showers or heavier downpours.
Winds will increase significantly to 62mph, with a risk of gales, particularly in the north and west of the country.
Next week will again see the country drenched in rain, with the risk of longer downpours at times, particularly in the north and west.
Looking ahead to this week, The Weather Outlook said the UK will be hit with a “deep area of low pressure” forming off the back of the devastating Storm Kyle.
The forecaster added: “The early part of the period sees high pressure centred to the north and a slack area of low pressure to the south.
“During the middle of the week weather fronts associated with a deep area of low pressure in the Atlantic that has formed from the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle push northeastwards across the UK.”
Next week will see a worrying large area of low pressure focused on much of the northeast of the UK.
The Weather Outlook said: “The favoured solution is a deep area of low pressure to be centred to the northeast of the UK for much of the period.
“It leaves the UK under a west or northwesterly flow.”
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The miserable weather forecast is echoed by the Met Office, which for Tuesday, has warned of heavy showers and thunderstorms.
The heavy rain will spread north and east across most parts of the country, while on Thursday and Friday, the heavy downpours will continue, with winds picking up on Friday.
Heavy downpours, thunderstorms, and a risk of gale force winds will also continue into the following week, with temperatures cooling significantly to as low as 18C in the days approaching bank holiday weekend.
Looking ahead from August 22-31, the Met Office said: “The beginning of this period is likely to be generally unsettled with showers and longer spells of rain at times, which could potentially become heavy in places.
“Some isolated thunderstorms are possible, though these will not be as severe as recent days.
“It will continue to be rather windy to begin, especially in the south and west of the UK where there is also a risk of gales, though winds should generally ease by next weekend. Temperatures should start the period rather warm for many, despite the spells of unsettled weather.
“However, temperatures will likely fall away through the last weekend in August, becoming rather cool for many northern and western areas of the UK.
“This drop-in temperatures will be accompanied by strong northwesterly winds.”