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British Weather: Britain is getting hot from the ten day heat wave


Parts of the UK have seen more than two months of rain in just three hours as forecasters said the scorching ten-day heatwave will last until at least Friday, reaching temperatures as high as 37C this afternoon.

The UK is having an extraordinary period of scorching weather. Mercury has been above the official heat wave level of over 28 ° C (82 ° F) since last Wednesday – and there is a level three heat health alert.

A high of 33 ° C (91 ° F) was recorded at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon in East Malling, Kent. This is the UK's hotspot today. Daily highs of between 34 ° C and 99 ° F are now expected from now through Thursday before temperatures drop to 82 ° F on Friday – but this will still be above the heat wave threshold.

But forecasters warned of thunderstorms in the Southwest this morning, the Midlands this afternoon and the Northwest tonight – with a worst-case scenario of up to 150mm this afternoon and tonight.

That would be more than double the 2.8 in. (70 mm) average for the month of August – with heavy rains already reported in Devon and Cornwall and areas like Birmingham and Cumbria later being flooded.

More thunderstorms are expected for the remainder of this week through at least Thursday, with the Met Office admitting "significant uncertainty as to location and timing" as it covered the entire country in a four-day warning.

Meteorologists now expect the UK to record the second longest run of 32 ° C days in a row. While the 1976 period is unlikely to approach 15 days, it is expected to exceed the second-placed five days in 1995.

The record for the longest period of 95 ° F (35 ° C) is three days (1976 and 1990) this week could reach. And the UK only had a heat of 36.7 ° C (98 ° F) for four days in history, one of which was recorded only 11 days ago.

On both days last weekend, thermometers in parts of south-east England reached a temperature of at least 34 ° C (93 ° C) after the ninth hottest day in Britain's history was recorded last Friday in West London, the 36th , 4 ° C (97.5 ° F) were recorded.

The heat wave threshold is over 82 ° F for three days in London and 77 ° F (25 ° C) in most of the rest of the UK. After days of scorching temperatures, large parts of the UK are facing severe thunderstorms this week.

MetDesk forecasters said it could "possibly be the largest UK thunderstorm in years". The UK also had the highest number of lightning strikes in a day, with a record 110,000 in a day in June 2012.

As the longest period of hot August weather has lasted in 17 years, the forecast is as follows:

  • Authorities did their best to keep people away from the UK's crowded beaches amid social distancing problems.
  • South East Water urged customers to put their hose lines, garden sprinklers and garden water toys away.
  • Norfolk Police said a Woman in her thirties had died after struggling at sea at Waxham yesterday;
  • The body of a 12-year-old girl was found after she disappeared in the water on the Leven River in western Scotland.
  • The RNLI said one person died in Western Undercliffe in Ramsgate, an unsupervised stretch of coast.
  • In Southend, a child suspected hypothermia after being held in a dingy place 300 meters from the sea.
  • HM Coastguard has done most of its missions in one day for over four years at the weekend.

But while the heat continues, the Met Office has warned homes and businesses could be hit by flash floods, as up to six inches of rain can fall in just three hours, with further risk of lightning, hail and high winds.

Holidaymakers, families and beach holidaymakers bask in the sunshine today on the beach in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset

Mill Farm in the Devon village of Kenton near Exeter was hit by a thunderstorm today – and posted this video on Facebook

People stand on Hengistbury Head overlooking Southbourne Beach in Dorset this morning as the hot weather persists

People stand on Hengistbury Head overlooking Southbourne Beach in Dorset this morning as the hot weather persists

People enjoy the hot weather at beach huts on the Mudeford Sandbar in Dorset amid the UK heatwave this morning

A woman walks her dog through Hyde Park in London this morning at the start of another very hot day for much of the UK

A woman walks her dog through Hyde Park in London this morning at the start of another very hot day for much of the UK

A woman lowers her face mask and uses a fan on the London Underground's anniversary line this morning

A woman lowers her face mask and uses a fan on the London Underground's anniversary line this morning

Joggers run in the morning sun on a parched Wimbledon Common in southwest London today

Joggers run in the morning sun on a parched Wimbledon Common in South West London today

A man swims near a seagull in Hampstead Bathing Ponds in North West London in very hot weather this morning

A man swims near a seagull in Hampstead Bathing Ponds in North West London in very hot weather this morning

Eighteen year old Sophie Golland looks out between the sunflower fields at Vine House Farm near Baston in Lincolnshire this morning

Eighteen year old Sophie Golland looks out between the sunflower fields at Vine House Farm near Baston in Lincolnshire this morning

People are walking in the sunshine in St. James & # 39; s Park in London this morning as the heat wave continues in the capital

People are walking in the sunshine in St. James & # 39; s Park in London this morning as the heat wave continues in the capital

Dawn over the New Forest in Hampshire this morning at the start of another very hot day for much of the country

Dawn over the New Forest in Hampshire this morning at the start of another very hot day for much of the country

The heat is still on, but the Met Office – which issued a broad amber weather warning for the UK Monday through Thursday – says where there are thunderstorms "they could be significant and disruptive".

Yesterday was "another hot day" in southern England, with temperatures in Herstmonceux, East Sussex reaching 34 ° C and 33.8 ° C at both London Heathrow Airport and Gosport in Hampshire, the Met Office said.

How the UK's ten day heatwave is developing

  1. Wednesday – 83.1F / 28.4C (Santon Downham, Suffolk)
  2. Thursday – 86.2F / 30.1C (Wisley, Surrey)
  3. Friday – 97.5F / 36.4C (Kew, West London)
  4. Saturday – 94.1F / 34.5C (Herstmonceux, East Sussex)
  5. Sunday – 93.2F / 34C (Herstmonceux, East Sussex)
  6. Today – 99F / 37C (Forecast)
  7. Tomorrow – 97F / 36C (Forecast)
  8. Wednesday – 97F / 36C (Forecast)
  9. Thursday – 91F / 33C (Forecast)
  10. Friday – 82F / 28C (Forecast)

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond explained how the thunderstorms could "hit almost anywhere due to the combination of exceptionally high temperatures and unstable air" for the next few days.

She added, "Heavy rain could cause flash floods, with the added dangers of lightning and heavy hail."

She added: “There is a fairly broad warning today, but there is another one for central Britain – the Midlands to northwest England to about Cumbria and as far as Wales – which we are monitoring very closely.

“We are checking the potential for some thunderstorms there from around 4 pm until the early hours of the morning. It's a worst-case scenario – a warning of what could happen – but we're testing a potential for 150mm of rain in three or four hours.

“Usually in August you see about 70mm for the month so it may be a lot of rain. To get so much, some areas need to see thunderstorms frequently, not just traverse them. & # 39;

Ms. Diamond said there had been some thunderstorms in the south west of England this morning while temperatures across the country remain humid, particularly in the south east.

She said, “Things can change in the short term and thunderstorms can come very quickly. Hence, people may want to monitor the latest forecasts and our Twitter feed to make sure they are not affected. & # 39;

Caroline Douglass, manager of flood services at the environmental agency, said severe thunderstorms this week could "cause surface water and river flooding in some communities from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning."

She said: "Due to further severe thunderstorms, an isolated flood is possible across England from today until Thursday."

The environmental agency warned that flooding could suddenly occur day and night and that travel disruptions could occur in some areas this week.

As the UK smoldered further yesterday, authorities across the country made efforts to keep people away from crowded beaches.

Road closures have been put in place in Dorset to distract visitors from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. A family more than six hours from Birmingham have been turned away.

Around noon in Bournemouth, where beachgoers camped in tents in the sand overnight or slept in their cars to keep space, most of the 24 beaches were put on alert.

The warning, which means social distancing rules are not possible, came with a threat from the council to jam illegally parked cars, with all of the area's beach parking lots being full.

Coastal cities across the country are already busier than usual due to the increase in stays caused by the coronavirus crisis.

The RNLI said one person died in Western Undercliffe in Ramsgate, an unsupervised stretch of coast.

The Thanet District Council said the beach at Ramsgate Main Sands in Kent was "extremely busy" yesterday and the tide is likely to make social distancing difficult.

A jogger sets off through Hyde Park in London this morning as the heat wave continues across much of the UK

A jogger sets off through Hyde Park in London this morning as the heat wave continues across much of the UK

A woman happily sits on a bench in the sunshine in St. James & # 39; s Park in London this morning

A woman happily sits on a bench in the sunshine in St. James & # 39; s Park in London this morning

People are walking their dogs in the early morning sunshine in Wimbledon Common in south west London today

People are walking their dogs in the early morning sunshine in Wimbledon Common in south west London today

A cyclist riding a dog in the early morning sun on a parched Wimbledon Common in south west London

A cyclist riding a dog in the early morning sun on a parched Wimbledon Common in south west London

People train in the early morning sun at Wimbledon Common in south west London today

People train in the early morning sun at Wimbledon Common in south west London today

On Saturday, HM Coastguard handled 340 incidents across the UK – the highest number of single-day operations in more than four years.

The ten best UK temperatures in UK history

  1. 101.7F / 38.7C – July 25, 2019
  2. 101.3F / 38.5C – August 10, 2003
  3. 100F / 37.8C – July 31, 2020
  4. 98.8F / 37.1C – August 3, 1990
  5. 98.1F / 36.7C – July 1, 2015
  6. 98.1F / 36.7C – August 9, 1911
  7. 97.9F / 36.6C – Aug 2, 1990
  8. 97.7F / 36.5C – July 19, 2006
  9. 97.5F / 36.4C – Aug 7, 2020
  10. 97.5F / 36.4C – Aug 6, 2003

The Coast Guard coordinated search and rescue operations for a variety of incidents, including people cut off from the tide and children being swept at sea in rubber dinghies. In total, the service saved 146 people and supported a further 371.

There were another 335 incidents on Sunday.

South East Water urged its customers to put away their hose lines, garden sprinklers and garden water toys as a surge in demand had left some people with low pressure or without water.

The company has pumped an additional 150 million liters of water around its network, the equivalent of 27 million additional toilet flushes to keep pace with demand over the summer.

They attributed the increase in water usage to the fact that more people were at home and taking up DIY and gardening projects as the number of stays increased.

Meanwhile, a woman died in her thirties after struggling at sea yesterday in Waxham, Norfolk, police said.

Norfolk Police said emergency services were called to the area around 5:30 p.m. yesterday after a woman reportedly fought in the sea.

Superintendent Jason Broome of the Norfolk Constabulary said: “A woman aged 30 was rescued from the water and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Her death will be treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

"While the investigation continues to determine the exact circumstances that led to the death of the woman, this is a tragic situation and we extend our condolences to her family."

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Twitter users shared their desperation when they found last night too hot to sleep amid the very high nighttime temperatures

And the search for a missing child in the water in western Scotland on the Leven River near Balloch Bridge ended with police finding the body of 12-year-old Ava Gray.

Coast Guard warning of life jackets after kayak rescue off the Devon coast

Coast guards have warned people to wear life jackets when going out to sea after kayakers were rescued off the Devon coast.

RNLI lifeboats at Ilfracombe were deployed on Sunday after some kayakers got into trouble near Combe Martin.

Three kayakers had been brought aboard other local boats and one of them was wearing neither a life jacket nor a wetsuit.

He had also lost his kayak, which had blown away in the wind.

Another two kayakers had been brought back to the beach on a separate boat.

Andrew Bengey, RNLI volunteer helmsman, said: “If you are going out on the water in a recreational boat, we recommend speaking to the locals to understand the conditions in the area and to check the tide plans and weather forecasts before setting off.

"We would always urge people to wear flotation devices or life jackets when they venture out on the water and carry a device to call for help."

Parts of the UK have enjoyed the latest on a number of hot summer days and mercury has been projected to reach 35 ° C in parts of southern England on Sunday.

On Saturday, HM Coastguard handled 340 incidents across the UK – the highest number of single-day operations in more than four years.

The Coast Guard coordinated search and rescue operations for a variety of incidents, including people cut off from the tide and children being swept at sea in rubber dinghies. In total, the service saved 146 people and supported a further 371.

Police officers in Scotland were called to a report on the girl in trouble at around 6.45pm yesterday. At around 9.45 p.m., the girl was rescued from the water and pronounced dead at the scene.

Previously, West Dumbartonshire Police, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency had confirmed they were involved in the search and asked the public to avoid the area.

The child's family has been informed of her death and an investigation is ongoing, but the police are not treating the death as a suspect. A full report is sent to the Fiscal Prosecutor's Office.

In Southend, Essex, a child was hospitalized with suspected hypothermia after being held at a dingy 300 meters from the sea.

In another incident on Saturday, a woman died after a crash between a jet ski and a boat on the Menai Straits in North Wales.

The Met Office said the heat wave was the longest period of hot August weather in 17 years.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “England and Wales are at risk of very bad weather for the next four days but it won't be everywhere.

& # 39; Outside of the thunderstorms, it still gets very hot. There won't be wall to wall sunshine, but it won't be washout every day. & # 39;

The weather warning means that large parts of England and Wales are at risk of heavy rain, hail, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds when violent thunderstorms break out.

In downpours, a total of 30mm to 40mm of precipitation could fall in one hour, with some locations potentially receiving up to 150mm in three hours.

The Met Office added that these would be fairly isolated incidents.

Referring to today, Mr. Snell said, “The warning doesn't mean everyone will see (thunderstorms) – many places will remain dry, sunny, and hot – but we will see some fairly severe thunderstorms during the day. & # 39;

Western areas may be more at risk from thunderstorms than regions to the east, but they could be hit anywhere in the warning area – and most parts remain dry, he said.

The sun is still shining on the southeast and there will be a "high chance of 36 ° C" in the region.

Friday was the hottest August day in 17 years with temperatures of 36.4 ° C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens in West London.

Mr Snell said, "We started this run with 30 ° C days on Thursday and Monday is the fifth day we will be lowering those temperatures in the south-eastern part of the UK."

Scotland and Northern Ireland may have a lower risk of seeing thunderstorms on Thursday as temperatures gradually drop.

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