Brits soak up the 27C heat with nearly month of rain to fall tomorrow

Enjoy it while you can! Sunworshippers soak up the 27C heat – with nearly a month’s worth of rain due to fall in thunderstorms tomorrow

  • Today was a sunny 27C – but tomorrow parts of the UK could see thunderstorms
  • Met Office issues weather warning for storms gov says floods could happen

Britons soaking up the sun in today’s 27C heat should enjoy it while they have the chance – as nearly a month’s worth rain could fall in torrential thunderstorms tomorrow, the Met Office has said.

The forecasting body warned of a ‘small chance’ lives could be put at risk in thunderstorms which are expected to hit the south west of England and south Wales.

It has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across the region between 7am and 6pm for Sunday, covering major cities including Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea.

Homes and businesses could also be in danger of flooding quickly in ‘torrential downpours’, although the risk is said to be low, as up to 70mm of rain falls in a few hours in some spots.

The September average rainfall for the region is 92.45mm.

BRIGHTON: Beach goers enjoy the last blast of sun with highs of 27C as they cool off in the sea at Brighton Beach, East Sussex today

Paddleboarders having a splash on the water at Brighton beach this afternoon

GREENWICH: A young woman sunbathing in Greenwich Park during this week’s hot weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across the south west of England and south Wales between 7am and 6pm on Sunday, covering major cities including Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea

BOURNEMOUTH: Marcus Holloway and daughter Christine enjoy the sun at their beach hut

Dog walkers in Wimbledon common, south west London on a hot and humid September day

Buildings could also be damaged by lightning, hail or strong winds as well as floodwater.

There is also a ‘small chance’ of power cuts or that other services to homes and businesses could be lost while some communities could also be cut off by floodwater, the forecaster said.

People planning on travelling face the prospect of delays or sudden cancellations to trains and busses.

Roads may be closed at short notice due to spray and sudden floods and ‘difficult driving conditions’ are expected on those that remain open.

The Environment Agency issued an amber flood alert yesterday evening covering the Tyne and Wear coast, warning that ‘flooding is possible in this area’.

It warned people in the area along the North Sea coastline from St Mary’s Lighthouse in Crimdon Park, North Hartlepool to ‘be prepared’ for the event of potential flooding.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said the region has already seen some rain fall but it is expected to get worse later this weekend.

She added: ‘The heaviest and most persistent rain will be tomorrow morning, bringing a risk of some potential flooding in homes and businesses.’

A woman carries a surfing board along the Brighton seafront during late summer heatwave

Friends enjoy a day out on the Brighton coast earlier this month during the heatwave

A man relaxes in the sea off the coast of Brighton during this month’s heatwave

A man sunbathes in Wimbledon Common, London as temperatures hit 30C last Sunday

A beach goer enjoys the warm sun at his colourful beach hut in Bournemouth

The esplanade was busy on a sunny afternoon on the Bournemouth coastline

Sunlovers hit the sands at Bournemouth beach on a hot September afternoon

Ms Ayers urged drivers to think about their stopping distances if they need to travel on a motorway and to look at the Met Office and RAC websites for updates before setting off.

She said the region’s weather will ‘remain unsettled’ early next week, bringing ‘very changeable and autumnal’ conditions.

More heavy showers and even further thunderstorms are possible in the region early next week while the band of rain is set to move northwards.

Much of England and Wales will remain unaffected by the storms but lighter rain could fall across the north of England, Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland over the weekend.

Cloudy conditions are expected in unaffected areas, with a possibility of sunny spells that are ‘likely to be fairly limited’, while temperatures are not set to top the low 20s.

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