Lightning tracker LIVE: Britain braced for deluge – Met Office issues extreme heat warning

Met Office warns ‘unusually hot’ weather to hit UK

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Temperatures will soar with sweltering highs in the 30Cs and some parts of the UK will be hotter than popular European holiday destinations such as Marbella, Mykonos and Tenerife. The sudden heatwave will last for at least three days, with the Met Office’s unprecedented “amber extreme heat warning” issued until Thursday. The warning covers all of the south-west and parts of southern and central England, as well as a large part of Wales. From tomorrow, Northern Ireland will be affected.

Top temperatures could be as high as 33C, and those in the West of England will have no need to seek the sunshine abroad as Bristol will be as hot as Barcelona. 

The tropical temperatures could have dangerous health consequences, with the most adverse effects likely to be felt by those vulnerable to extreme heat, while forecasters warned the wider population are likely to experience symptoms of sunburn and heat exhaustion.

“I’d say people should stay out of the midday sun, apply sunscreen when outside, be wary of any health issues you may have, and make sure to stay hydrated,” said Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna. 

He went on: “As this heat remains in place, people will be vulnerable to dehydration, fatigue and nausea, so make sure to stay safe on public transport and if you are heading to the beach.”

Meanwhile a “yellow thunderstorm warning” has been issued in the East of England, London, the south-east of England, and the East and West Midlands from 1pm today until the end of the day. 

The Met Office warned of heavy rain, a high frequency of lightning and even hail in some parts of the country 

Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge said: “The lightning frequency could be quite intense.

“We could see very large hail which could easily cause impact and obviously with any thunderstorms we could see those systems producing 30-60mm of rain within an hour or two.”

He added: “The thunderstorms we’ve got developing are purely because of the heat so they’re not likely to affect the heat in any way.

15:52 Central England to see highest temperatures in the UK

Central England could see some of the highest temperatures in the next few days, according to forecasters. 

“Normally we say the south east but the focus of the heat is slightly shifted west this time” said Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge. 

He added: “The heat is certainly likely to last up to the end of Thursday.

“From Friday onwards there is a strong signal for the heat that remains to be concentrated more towards the north and west whereas parts of England and Wales will start to come back to temperatures near normal.” 

15:39 Met Office warnings in place until Thursday

For the first time ever, the UK has been issued an extreme weather warning. 

The Met Office forecasts the warm conditions will persist until Thursday, July 22. 

It comes as England saw all COVID-19 restrictions lifted, on a day dubbed Freedom Day.

Boris Johnson is coming under pressure as cases continue to rise. 

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