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Hottest Day Of The Year Followed By Plenty Of Rain!

Britain enjoyed the hottest day in seven years as temperatures hit 33.5C – but the heatwave is finally set to break with up to 50mm of rain expected to fall in as little as three hours today.

Temperatures soared to 33.5C at Heathrow and Northolt in west London on Monday afternoon, making it the hottest day since July 19, 2006 when a reading of 36.5C was taken at Wisley in Surrey.

It means Britain has now had 17 consecutive days of temperatures above 28C - the longest stretch since 19 days in the summer of 1997.

But the weather yesterday had a stickier and more tropical feel than last week's dry conditions, as humid air from the Atlantic mixed with warm fronts blowing in from Europe.

Forecasters have warned that heavy rain, hail and even flooding are possible in most parts of the country today, with some areas set to see up to 50mm of rainfall in as little as three hours.

The stormy conditions will bring with them the risk of localised flooding because recent hot weather has baked the ground dry, forecasters warned.

The risk of severe weather will last for most of the week but forecasts are currently not accurate enough to predict when and where storms might occur. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid and high twenties for most of the week.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "We have got warm air moving up from France but also wet air coming across from the west so it is much more humid than last week.

"Because of this very hot, humid air we could see some thunder­storms being triggered over the next few days ... some areas will see nothing but in the areas that do see rain, we could have some potentially significant rainfall and some hail coming through as well. We could see up to 50mm in three hours.”

Hottest Day Of The Year Followed By Plenty Of Rain!

Britain enjoyed the hottest day in seven years as temperatures hit 33.5C – but the heatwave is finally set to break with up to 50mm of rain expected to fall in as little as three hours today.

Temperatures soared to 33.5C at Heathrow and Northolt in west London on Monday afternoon, making it the hottest day since July 19, 2006 when a reading of 36.5C was taken at Wisley in Surrey.

It means Britain has now had 17 consecutive days of temperatures above 28C - the longest stretch since 19 days in the summer of 1997.

But the weather yesterday had a stickier and more tropical feel than last week's dry conditions, as humid air from the Atlantic mixed with warm fronts blowing in from Europe.

Forecasters have warned that heavy rain, hail and even flooding are possible in most parts of the country today, with some areas set to see up to 50mm of rainfall in as little as three hours.

The stormy conditions will bring with them the risk of localised flooding because recent hot weather has baked the ground dry, forecasters warned.

The risk of severe weather will last for most of the week but forecasts are currently not accurate enough to predict when and where storms might occur. Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid and high twenties for most of the week.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "We have got warm air moving up from France but also wet air coming across from the west so it is much more humid than last week.

"Because of this very hot, humid air we could see some thunder­storms being triggered over the next few days ... some areas will see nothing but in the areas that do see rain, we could have some potentially significant rainfall and some hail coming through as well. We could see up to 50mm in three hours.”

 

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