Thunderstorms: Weather warning covers whole of Wales

Warmest UK August temperatures

Thunderstorm warning for Northern Ireland

"Where the storms occur, rainfall totals of 30-40 mm could fall in an hour, with some locations potentially receiving 60-80 mm in 3 hours, although these will be fairly isolated".

Many areas have been impacted by the intense rainfall including Fife, where an amber warning was put in place. Meanwhile, earlier this week homes and businesses were flooded in mid and west Wales.

Further severe thunderstorms have been forecast for the whole of Wales, which could bring flooding, power cuts and road closures. Further surface water and river flooding is also a possibility from Thursday to Sunday. Western areas may see thundery showers later in the day and perhaps heavy and prolonged showers.

People have been enjoying the hot weather in Barry Island.

Wednesday is expected to be very hot again in the south.

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Temperatures are expected to reach up to 35C or 36C in parts of southern and central England.

Temperatures will dip as the storms continue.

Climate change could lead to more "tropical nights" in the future where after-dark temperatures in the United Kingdom do not fall below 20C (68F), meteorologists have warned.

These occurrences are known as Tropical Nights and this month, the United Kingdom has recorded four so far. Between 1961 and 1990 there were no less than 44 Tropical Nights, between 2008 and 2017 there were 12, five in 2018 and four in 2019.

Following the ongoing heatwave, Public Health England issued a heat health alert for parts of England into next week.

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Across the rest of the week Tuesday will be another hot day according to the Met Office, with many areas remaining dry throughout.

The current heatwave is nowhere near the infamous summer of 1976, one of the longest in living memory in the United Kingdom, when temperatures reached 32C or higher somewhere in the country for 15 consecutive days.

Heatwaves are extreme weather events, but research shows that climate change is making these events more likely.

And the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms in the East of England from midnight on Friday into 6am on Saturday. The Earth's surface temperature has risen by 1°C since the pre-industrial period (1850-1900).

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