The baking heat that caused a road to melt in Surrey will make way for thunderstorms and heavy showers in what will no doubt come as a relief for many people. The Met Office announced that the UK recorded its hottest night on record on Monday (July 18), with temperatures reaching the mid-20s.
The Met Office tweeted: “It has provisionally been the warmest night on record in the UK. Temperatures didn’t fall below 25C in places, exceeding the previous highest daily minimum record of 23.9C, recorded in Brighton on 3rd August 1990.”
A graphic accompanying the tweet showed the highest overnight minimum temperatures recorded were 24.5C in Aberporth, West Wales, 25.8C in Kenley, in the London Borough of Croydon, and 25.9C at Emley Moor, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Tuesday (July 19) is expected to see temperatures reach even higher, with some places predicted to hit 41C in the country. But those numbers will plummet on Wednesday (July 19), with the forecaster issuing a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in the county.
The eight-hour warning is in place from 1pm until 9pm and the Met Office has warned it could bring disruption. The Met Office said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across central, southern and eastern parts of England on Wednesday afternoon. Whilst most places will see only small amounts of rain there is a chance of some isolated heavy downpours and lightning. Where these occur a few sites could see 20 to 30 mm in an hour and 50 mm in three hours.”
Flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services if flooding and lightning strikes occur, the forecaster said, and s pray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closure. There is also a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.