Heatwave expected to make way for thunder


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

TROPICAL conditions will bring blistering heat, thunderstorms and even flooding over the weekend, forecasters say.

Temperatures are tipped to rocket to record levels and meteorologists believed yesterday to be the hottest of the year so far, breaking the 30C (86F) barrier for the first time in some areas.

The heatwave has been predicted to creep even higher today, with some areas set to see temperatures as high as 32C as a belt of Iberian weather hits UK shores.

 England will see the highest temperatures, but parts of Wales will not be far behind.

Yesterday temperatures hit 26C in Flintshire and Wrexham and both areas are expected to see highs of 28C today, as well as heavy showers in the morning and thunder storms throughout the night.

Wrexham Council took to Twitter yesterday to advise people: “If you’re going out to the heat, you must take care of your body’s hydration needs.”

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board warned people to be on the lookout for symptoms of heat illness, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

But many lapped up the hot weather, enjoying ice-creams and sunbathing.

It has prompted the Met Office to issue a “severe weather warning” for much of the country on Saturday, with the potential for localised flooding.

The Met Office has said the highest temperature of the year so far in the UK was 28.7C on July 4.

Meteorologist Krista Mitchell said: “Much of the country can expect thunder from Friday into Saturday. We can expect some quite torrential showers over a large swathe of the country.”

Forecasters said Sunday should bring fresher conditions but the south of the country is expected to remain warm into next week.

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