Bank Holiday weekend weather: sunshine for all the UK on Monday after more than 3,000 lightning strikes in a day


Monday will be the day to celebrate Bank Holiday weekend in the sunshine after much of England was put on a yellow severe weather warning today, the Met Office has said.

An estimated 3,000 lightning strikes hit the UK today with more expected overnight.

In the worst affected areas, such as Dorset, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire, there were thunderstorms and flooding.

These regions experienced more than 15mm of rainfall an hour, the average amount  you would expect to get in about two weeks.

There are yellow weather warnings – for severe rainfall – in place across the UK until Sunday.

But, the storms will largely subside by the morning, giving way to sunshine.

Martin Bowles, an operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said:

The storms will carry on for a bit overnight but… towards the early hours of the morning, it will move away into the North Sea and Sunday is not going to be particularly wet.

It will be a mixture of cloud and sunshine, there will be a little bit of light rain in the south and a few showers early in the afternoon across the UK.”

Overnight tonight the main focus for thundery downpours shifts towards northern parts of England and north Wales

Highs of 25C (77F)are forecast in London, with 21C (69.8F) expected in Cardiff and temperatures reaching 18C (64.4F) in Belfast and  Glasgow.

Monday, however, will see dry weather across the whole of England and Wales, with temperatures predicted to rise above 25C in London.

Although this is higher than average, it is lower than temperatures seen in parts of the UK on Wednesday, with the mercury hitting 33.9C (93F) in Gravesend, Kent in the hottest day of the year so far.

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If you are going to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend, Monday is the day to do it, Mr Bowles added.

Bank Holiday Monday is looking like a very nice day, we are looking at it being dry across the whole country with lots of sunshine.

There will be some cloud in the east but everyone will get some sunshine, particularly, in the west.”

More than two million people are expected to travel to London’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend as the festival enters its sixth decade.

With more people flocking to the UK’s beaches this weekend, and after five people who were pulled from the water at Camber Sands died, the Royal National Lifeguard Institution (RNLI) has seaside visitors to take care.

An RNLI spokesman said: “The sea may look appealing, and the RNLI would encourage people to use it, but do so safely – it can be dangerously unpredictable.

“Please visit lifeguarded beaches and swim between the red and yellow flags – the safe swim zone and the area watched by lifeguards.

“RNLI lifeguards are always happy to answer any questions or advise of any risks, including where any rip currents may be, which can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.”

News Source TelegraphNews

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