UK weather – Britain's heatwave ends with a bang as almost the entire country is covered with thunderstorm warnings

BRITAIN’S heatwave has ended with a bang – as almost all of the UK has been covered by a thunderstorm warning.

Today, temperatures are a scorching 28C in the south-east, while Cornwall has seen flash floods.




The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms today in the south-west.

But tomorrow the agency warns almost all of the UK is at risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms – with travel disruption likely.

Everywhere but the southeast of England has been placed under the weather alert until 8pm tomorrow.

The Met Office has warned that the heavy showers battering the country have the potential to bring surface water flooding in a few places, and disruption to travel.

They have said there is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

And that there is also a chance that some rural communities could temporarily become cut off by flooded roads.

FLOODING AND POWERCUTS

Today many areas already had a taste of the storm – with heavy downpours causing flooding and power cuts in parts of Britain amid thunderstorm warnings.

As rain lashed down in the south-west this morning, a primary school in Plymouth had to be evacuated after the site was hit by lightning.

Kids were rushed out of Mount Street Primary School as fire services arrived on scene after staff reported smelling burning.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said it is believed no-one was injured.

Witnesses said the children were evacuated to the school playground and took shelter in the greenhouses. They have all since returned to the classroom.

Meanwhile, flooding has hit the main shopping street in Salcombe, Devon while many in Plymouth and south-west Devon are suffering powercuts.

Shops and residents were forced to carry out a major clean-up operation after heavy rain overwhelmed the town.

However, elsewhere Brits are soaking up the last of the sunshine as the country gears up for the storms after temperatures hit 30.1C in Northolt, West London, on Tuesday.

The Met Office revealed it was only the seventh time in September that temperatures have smashed 30C in the last 50 years.

Provisionally, the agency reports Wales may have recorded its warmest September night on record as Aberporth had an 24-hour minimum temperature of 20.5C – breaking the previous record of 18.9°C at Rhyl in 1949.

Thousands flocked to parks and beaches this week to make the most of the scorching weather – but low pressure from the Atlantic is blasting away the ridge of hot air from the south.

By mid-September, conditions are expected to get even less settled with showers and chances of longer spells of rain.

This rain could become heavy, particularly in the west and northwest – and more thunderstorms will be possible throughout the UK.

However, it's not all bad as temperatures are expected to stay above average for the time of year.

It comes after Brit suffered one of the most miserable summers in memory.

London saw downpours that flooded Tube stations and forced people from their homes.

Despite that, Met Office officials say it was actually in the top 10 warmest on record.

Scotland and Northern Ireland had record heatwaves, despite the gloom elsewhere.



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