Rain falls in England, bringing an end to a sunny period that is likely to be followed by days of storms.
Stormy weather has arrived in the United Kingdom, interrupting a long period of pleasant weather across the country.
Over the next four days, the Met Office has issued weather warnings for almost all of England, with thunderstorms and flooding expected in certain areas.
Rain began to rain on Wednesday, which came close to becoming the warmest day of the year so far, with a high of 29.2°C (84.56°F) at Heathrow, just missing the 29.7°C (85.46°F) peak felt in Teddington, Middlesex, on Monday.
Following severe rain, individuals may experience flooding in their homes and businesses, towns getting “shut off,” power outages, and public transportation delays, according to the Met Office’s yellow warnings.
Strong winds and hail might cause problems, while lightning strikes could cause train and transport delays, according to the Met Office.
There may also be road closures, and motorists have been told to expect terrible driving conditions.
The thunderstorms are caused by a tiny low-pressure system moving in from Europe, with warmer surface air colliding with colder upper air.
Storms began to form across the English Channel on Wednesday afternoon, and by 7 p.m., they had reached England’s southern coast.
“The rain will be rather heavy, with up to 30mm falling in a relatively short timeframe,” forecaster Simon Partridge told the PA news agency.
“It’ll be a terrible night for many, especially if you’re trying to sleep, with temperatures in London and the South East hovering around 17-18 degrees Celsius, paired with the damp weather.”
It marks an end to days of sunlight enjoyed by the general population, with many coming to parks and beaches to soak up the rays.
Thunderstorms are forecast to last over the weekend.
Forecasters believe bands of “heavy thundery showers” could affect England’s highly anticipated Euro 2020 match against Scotland on Friday evening at Wembley Stadium.
The majority of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and northern sections of Wales, on the other hand, are predicted to be spared from the rain, with these areas avoiding yellow weather warnings.