A threat to life is becoming a real concern as the Heatwave takes a more sinister turn later this week.
The threat will come from numerous aspects of what is becoming the Hottest summer the UK has ever experienced.
The Met Office released an Amber warning yesterday due to the increasing temperatures and advised people not to go out during the midday sun with the risk of heat Exhaustion/stroke being high, Especially for those more vulnerable, The young, Elderly and of course your pets.
The dangers dont end there however, Strengthening southerly winds on Thursday will see an increased risk of larger, Longer lasting wild fires causing chaos for fire crews.
Then comes the third and potentially devastating risk of flash floods.
The North East, The Midlands, East Anglia and the South East are currently the highest risk areas for intense Thunderstorms to break out on Thursday & Friday.
These storms could see large amounts of rainfall in a short space of time. Should these be slow moving the risk of homes and businesses becoming flooded will be high due to the exceptionally dry ground being unable to absorb the water quickly. This threat will be coupled with frequent lightning, Large hail & strong winds, Posing a risk to Homes, Cars and anyone caught outside.
Whilst Thunderstorms could be severe it is worth mentioning at this stage there is still some uncertainty regarding how widespread they will be. Combine that with the likelihood storms will be isolated seeing one will be the exception not the rule.
As we look ahead the forecast shows a continuation of the same theme. Hot Hot, Chance of storms and then some more Hot weather.
2018 is already shaping up to be a memorable one for any weather fans out there.
We had the Beast from the East part 1 & 2, We had a sizzling Easter, We had the hottest ever London Marathon and we have had a cracking May.
Now we may go one further and have a record breaking end of May bank holiday.
As temperatures rise over this weekend and into next week we develop an unstable atmosphere with low pressure over France.
This could lead to explosive thunderstorms with Supercell thunderstorms a real possibility.
This of course means a risk of a multiple lightning strikes, Flash flooding, Large hail and an outside chance of a Tornado!
As we go forward high pressure looks anchored close to the UK and therefor the good weather is looking set to stay.
Now, Who mentioned hose pipe ban?
The UK has seen one of the most dramatic 24 hour periods of Thunderstorms for many years with well over 100,000 recorded strikes at the time of writing (3am) in just the last 24 hours!
The Lightning strikes are far from over yet however and the final number from this spell of severe weather could finish at over 250,000 strikes.
The unprecedented barrage of Lightning has come about from hot moist air pushing North from our near neighbours aided by an area of low pressure that has brought instability into the mix.
Its not just the Lightning making the headlines as flash flooding has caused misery for thousands especially those in Coverack, Cornwall which saw a wall of water flood down through the village not dissimilar to the flash flooding in Boscastle back in 2004.
Throughout the remainder of the day Thunderstorms currently active are expected to continue to move northwards before we see a return to warm if not hot weather in the Midlands & South East which could trigger yet more lively thunderstorms later in the day.
When you’re a pilot so often up in the air, stuff happening in the sky is no longer a surprise for you. Just when Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja thought he’d seen it all however, he ended up witnessing – and photographing – one of the most amazing thunderstorms ever. He captured this spectacular view from the cockpit of an airplane 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama.
Although the picture looks perfectly made, Borja says it’s not that easy to deal with the storms. “Storms are tricky because the lightning is so fast, there is no tripod and there is a lot of reflection from inside lights,” the pilot told The Washington Post. “I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power, but at the same time it’s wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.” Take a look at this amazing show by Mother Nature.
Another thunderstorm Santiago captured last year on the coast of Venezuela
Stunning Lighting strike in Orlando, Florida, Make sure to send in your fantastic Extreme weather videos…