UK weather sees thunderstorms and downpours set to continue after Brits bask in 26C Bank Holiday heat

The South and the Midlands are set to bear the brunt of the bad weather with yellow rain warnings out for southern and central England tonight and tomorrow.

Northern Ireland and Western Scotland will be spared most of the deluge as the mercury across the nation stays around the mid 20s.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told The Sun Online that today the country will be divided into thirds weather wise.
He said: “Across Eastern parts of the UK there is going to be a lot of low cloud tomorrow with temperatures relatively low.

“In the South of the UK we’re going to see another day with a risk of heavy, thundery showers, similar to what we have seen over the last few days.

A yellow rain weather warning is out for southern England until 10pm today.

He added: “The best of the sunshine will be across western and north-western parts of the UK, mainly Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“Temperatures should top out around 25 C on Tuesday.

“As for Wednesday the weather will be very similar across much of central and southern parts there will be some bright patches but also a risk of heavy thundery showers again.

“Again the best of the weather will be in the north west of the UK and there is still the risk of low lying cloud in the east.

“All in all it will be a similar day to Tuesday but those thundery showers could creep a little further north.

“Temperatures will also remain in the low 20s across the country.”

Brits enjoyed a sizzling Bank Holiday Monday, as temperatures across most of the UK hit 26C.

Monday's temperatures didn't quite reach those seen on April 19, when Brits saw record temperatures of 29.1C.

Thorney Island in West Sussex saw highs of 26C as did Cavendish in East Anglia.

Southampton recorded temperatures of 24C, with London City and Gatwick airports  both recording temperatures of 25C.

Isolated thunderstorms started moving in over Brighton, with rain clouds moving slowly towards Portsmouth.

There are currently 31 flood alerts across the UK, with Met Office yellow alerts for sporadic outbreaks of extreme weather.

Forecasters from Meteogroup UK have warned the risk of further heavy and thundery showers will remain across southern Britain on Tuesday.

People across the Midlands and south of England have also been told to brace themselves for hazardous conditions, including lightning strikes hail and fierce winds.

More than a month's rainfall deluged parts of Birmingham in just one hour on Sunday leading to parts of the city being flooded.

In the West Midlands, a person was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after being rescued from the roof of a car submerged in floodwater.

A man in his 80s died after his vehicle became submerged in floodwaters in Walsall.

Residents of Selly Oak, Birmingham had to be rescued by firefighters using boats

The weather warnings come just a day after services at Stansted Airport were severely disrupted after a lightning strike left the airport's fuelling system temporarily unavailable.

Dozens of planes at the airport in Essex were forced to remain grounded on Sunday, leading to scenes of chaos at the airport.

Passengers reported delays of more than four hours, with many stuck waiting on aircraft with limited information.

Stansted arrivals were diverted to airports more than 100 miles away as airport staff struggled to cope with the ensuing chaos.

More than 200 planes were delayed at the London airport, with 31 departures and 18 arrivals cancelled.

The chaos came after the UK was struck by more than 70,000 bolts of lightning on Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning, as the “mother of all thunderstorms” rolled out across Southern England bringing with it torrential downpours.

Social media was flooded with images of the spectacular electric storm that lit up skies across the capital.

Photos showed the iconic Shard building and Wembley Stadium’s famous arch directly struck by bolts of lightning.

BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker tweeted: "Mother of all #thunderstorms now over London. Oh boy! This UTTERLY INSANE. I've never seen a storm with such frequent lightning in my life I don't think. Mostly sheet lightning and not too loud but flashes are spectacular."

James Brewin captured the moment Big Ben and Westminster were illuminated by a flash of lightning, describing it as "London in daylight at midnight for a split second".


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