UK weather: Storms in the north while the south sizzles in 35C heat


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The UK is set for more bright sunshine and thunderstorms in the coming days as the heatwave continues.

The hot weather has caused wildfires to erupt across the country, with the Environment Agency (EA) warning that they could continue into the New Year.

Firefighters have been battling fires in Derbyshire, London and Dorset in recent days, while emergency services recovered the bodies of several drowning victims.

The Met Office predicts it will remain dry in the south on Sunday as thunderstorms move north.

Paddleboarders enjoy calm, warm conditions off the beach at Teignmouth, Devon

Paddleboarders enjoy calm, warm conditions on the beach in Teignmouth, Devon (Image: Alamy Live News)

People walking their dogs on the dried grass in London

People walking their dogs on the dried grass in London (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

Very dry and hot conditions will continue to exist in the south,” meteorologist Dan Stroud said.

“As we approach Sunday, a slight low pressure change is coming in from the south.

“Most places are still generally dry and nice, with some heavy August sunshine and temperatures rising rapidly throughout Sunday morning and into the afternoon.”

Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms and extreme heat 14.08

Two weather warnings in place for Sunday (Image: Met Office)

A yellow warning for extreme heat will remain in place through Sunday evening, while a yellow warning for thunderstorms was introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, followed by further warnings for England and Wales on Tuesday.

“The current hot weather will give way to a thunderstorm from the west that will spread south and east early next week. Before that, isolated but intense thunderstorms are possible on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,” said Deputy Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly.

A man relaxes on a bench overlooking dried Rushmere Pond on Wimbledon Common

A man relaxes on a bench overlooking dry Rushmere Pond on Wimbledon Common (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

“The alerts highlight the likelihood of around 50mm of rain falling in some locations in the north over a three-hour period, while some areas further south may experience around 30mm of rain in a three-hour period. Hail and frequent lightning are also possible as part of these downpours and present an additional hazard.’

The warnings come as an official drought was declared in eight regions across England on Friday and three water companies imposed hose bans.

The EA warned it would take “weeks” worth of rain to refill water sources after the driest summer in 50 years.

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