Met Office issues UK flood alert over thunderstorm destruction after heatwave


 Severe weather warnings are in place for a large part of the UK stretching from the south east across the midlands, and up into Scotland Met Office officials have warned that thunderstorms will sweep across the country – with warnings in place until 4am today, and then again on Saturday  And that means Britain could be waking up to flooding this morning after basking in the sunshine It comes after the country basked in the hottest July day on record as the mercury hit 38 1C in Cambridge. New high temperature records have also been set in parts of Belgium, Germany and Holland as a heatwave grips western and central Europe, pushing above 40C Experts at the Met Office say the current weather pattern is driving hot air from the south, but there is “no doubt” climate change is playing a role in the intensity of the heat being witnessed  Thundery forecasts provide a break for the heatwave with heavy rain expected which may lead to flash flooding, and warnings over lightning strikes Friday will see some respite, and then the Met Office has placed severe weather warnings in place on Saturday afternoon Large parts of Scotland and the north are warned to expect possible flash floods over the weekend The storms could lead to disruption of train and bus services and even power cuts    The Met Office said: “Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures “Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services “There is a chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, or damaged by lightning strikes, hail or sudden gusts of wind ”    Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “We’re already seeing thunderstorms being triggered by today’s hot weather and we’ll continue to see thunderstorms breaking out this evening and overnight across wide areas of the UK “Also tonight it’s going to be very warm across central, eastern and south-eastern parts in particular as temperatures fall no lower than 23C to 24C in places, which could see further temperature records broken ”  The Met Office said the current record for the highest overnight temperature in the UK is 23 9C, set in August 1990. Yesterday was the second hottest UK day on record, beating the 37 1C recorded in August 1990. The all-time UK record of 38.5C was set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003    The Met Office said the current record for the highest overnight temperature in the UK is 23 9C, set in August 1990. On Wednesday night some places experienced a “tropical night” with temperatures staying above 20C, and that is likely to be repeated on Thursday into Friday But the country will see more familiar conditions return into the weekend, with the weather becoming less settled and an increased chance of rain for many eastern and north-eastern areas The Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is not prepared for the increase in heatwaves that is expected with global warming    Dr Michael Byrne, from Oxford University, said that if Thursday became the hottest day on record in the UK it would be “hugely significant”, but just the latest in a “torrent” of temperature records being broken in the last month “Not only has 2019 brought the world its hottest ever June, but in recent days countries from Belgium to the Netherlands to Germany have broken their all-time heat records It has never been hotter in northern Europe,” he said. “Such extreme heat poses serious health risks this week as well as uncomfortable questions about how well the UK is preparing for increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves over coming decades ” The Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is not prepared for the increase in heatwaves that is expected with global warming

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