UK weather: Met Office issues weather warning for storms
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Parts of England and Wales saw temperatures reach highs of 30C this month, unusual for the time of year. The highest temperature of August 2021 peaked at 27.7C, while over the last week, Dyfed in Wales reached 30.7C and west London 30.4C. Today, much of the UK will return to the traditional barmy September, but others will continue to enjoy the recent warmth, according to the Met Office.
Where will it rain today?
Met Office meteorologist Johnathan Vautrey told Express.co.uk: “lots of precipitation” has developed over southeast England and Wales.
The two areas are the wettest in the UK today and have seen nearly an inch of rain fall in the space of an hour.
Mr Vautrey said the area around Warrington, Cornwall, saw the highest totals today.
Gauges at a site in the area picked up 21.7mm (0.8 inches) of rain.
Met Office thunderstorm and rain alerts have covered most parts of the UK, aside from sections of southern England.
Two thunderstorm warnings are in place until 8pm today, with “heavy showers” likely to accompany lightning strikes.
Forecasters warned the storms could pour out “20 to 30mm of rain in less than an hour and up to 40mm in two hours”, triggering surface water flooding.
Mr Vautrey added those areas currently sitting under thick cloud would also be the most humid.
Many areas around southeast England and Wales have seen humidity levels surge towards 80 percent and higher.
In Cardiff, forecasters predicted a 90 percent chance of precipitation while the city struggles under 81 percent humidity.
In London, which is mostly cloud at present, humidity remains high, around 69 percent.
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Where is it sunniest today?
While most parts of the UK reckon with stormy conditions, the midlands and southeast have an easier time.
The best weather has settled around East Anglia and Lincolnshire, bringing dry conditions.
Those areas get the “best of bright spells”, according to Mr Vautrey.
Two areas have seen the UK’s highest temperatures of the day, coming close to the August maximum.
The West Suffolk parish saw 26.6C highs with comparatively less humidity, roughly 61 percent.
Cranwell in the southeast came close, with highs in the area reaching 26.3C.
Long-range forecasts suggest temperatures like this could persist into mid-September.
Over the next week or so, the south and southeast will continue to enjoy sunny spells.
Temperatures will stick above 20C, triggering an “Indian summer”.
The “decent clear and sunny spells” will form part of a nine-day mini heatwave next week.
But Met Office forecasters expect the north and northwest will continue to experience unsettled weather, with widespread rain and clouds.
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