Met Office extends yellow warnings as thunderstorms bring end to heatwave

Thunderstorms and pouring rain are set to bring the heatwave to a sudden stop in parts of the UK over the next week.

As another blast of hot weather is leaving the UK sizzling a thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Scotland today.

An official yellow alert for thunder is in place until 7pm covering central Tayside & Fife, Grampian and the Highlands of Scotland.

Another yellow thunder alert is in place until 9pm for the East Midlands, the north east and north west of England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Essentially at the end of the week we’re looking at a bit of a north-west/south-east split in the weather.

"Northern and some western areas will often be cooler with some outbreaks of rain – particularly in Northern Ireland – and that could spread into southern and western Scotland."

Heavy thundery showers will give a risk of localised flash flooding, but the downpours will be very hit-and-miss.

A statement said: “Not everywhere will see the showers, but where they do develop, some localised torrential downpours are possible with 10-15mm, and very locally 20mm, of rain possible in an hour.

“Where showers align, this could lead to 25-30 mm in three hours. Showers are expected to die out by early evening.”

BBC Weather forecaster, Matt Taylor, also said the rain is coming "courtesy from (a) cold front (from the east) which has been straddling all the way from northwest Wales, to northern England, maybe even clipping southeast Scotland."

The Met Office said next week will bring mixed weather across the the whole UK with changeable conditions likely.

There is a risk of heavy thunderstorms in eastern areas and there is expected to be a mixture if sunshine and showers.

A spokesperson said: "Blustery showers will be heaviest and most frequent across the north and west.

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"As we look ahead to the middle of August, fresher conditions are likely across all parts with scattered showers continuing.

"Heavy and more persistent rain is possible at times, mainly in the north and west.

"Drier and brighter interludes are likely too though, especially in the southeast.

"Strong winds are possible for all areas, particularly in the north and west, and temperatures will generally be around average.

However, the mercury should reach the high 20s and low 30s for most parts of the UK this weekend with sunshine returning to most of the country.

But the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s , with scatterings of rain.

Northern and some western areas will often be cooler with some outbreaks of rain – particularly in Northern Ireland – and that could spread in to southern and western Scotland.

Temperatures are likely to hit at least 32C and possibly 33C in parts of the south east on Friday, while south western parts of the UK could see 28C or 29C.

It will remain very warm or hot across the south of England but potentially more widely across the UK.

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