London weather: Heatwave part two. more sun and rain forecast for next week
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London is set to bask in a second mini heatwave. but there’s more heavy rain on the way too.
UK temperatures are set to top 30C (86F) for a three-day spell from Wednesday.
London is set to see temperatures of 28C on Wednesday with the same on Thursday, but with rain as well.
But the hot and humid weather could spark more thundery downpours, leaving Britons to swelter.
Heavy rain left parts of Britain facing flood misery as thunder and lightПing damaged homes and caused travel disruption.
The stormy weather caused travel disruption at London’s Heathrow Airport as airlines were forced to cancel 20% of flights for a two-hour period.
Up to 30mm an hour fell in some places, and Westonbirt in Gloucestershire experienced 79mm overnight on Friday and through Saturday — more than the average monthly rainfall for the whole of July, which is 60mm.
Weather warПings remain in place today, with the Met Office issuing a "yellow" warПing of rain for eastern England and Scotland, forecasting thundery showers with torrential downpours, lightПing, hail and strong gusts. Central and western areas are largely dry and clear, with sunshine.
The wet weekend has also prompted flood warПings from the Environment Agency, which this morПing issued 45 flood alerts and one more serious flood warПing for the River Penk at Somerford in the West Midlands after 40mm fell in 12 hours.
Gemma Prebble, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the worst of the bad weather is over, with temperatures today reaching a maximum of 26C (78.8F) in the South East and 20C to 24C (68F to (75.2F) across the rest of the UK.
Ms Prebble said it is likely to be very warm for all of next week, saying: "By Tuesday there will be highs of 28C (82.4F) in the South East and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it will possibly be up to 30C (86F)in the South East."
The heat is again likely to bring with it the risk of heavy showers and thunder storms, especially in the South, on Wednesday and Thursday, but the warm spell is likely to stretch on into the following week, Ms Prebble said.
Some families will be preoccupied with recovering from the impact of yesterday’s storms, though.
Twenty seven patients on a ward at the Royal United Hospital in Bath also had to be moved when heavy rain brought down part of a ceiling.