UK weather: Britain faces SECOND 30C heatwave lasting 2 weeks in August after thunderstorms to rumble across country

A SECOND 30C heatwave is on the cards for August – and it’s expected to last for a glorious two weeks.

But Brits must first face a weekend of thunderstorms rumbling across much of England and Wales.

Beachgoers enjoy another day of red hot sunshine at Bournemouth in Dorset16

Beachgoers enjoy another day of red hot sunshine at Bournemouth in DorsetCredit: BNPS
Heather Brison, 21, at Luss, Loch Lomond, Argyle and Bute16

Heather Brison, 21, at Luss, Loch Lomond, Argyle and ButeCredit: James Chapelard 07834233059

Temperatures have soared this week, reaching record-breaking highs of 32.2C at London’s Heathrow.

The heat has resulted in roads “melting like chocolate” and train lines buckling – even prompting the Met Office to issue its first ever extreme heat warning.

The warning is in place in central and southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland until Friday, with the mercury expected to reach highs of 33C.

But the sunny weather took a turn in the East of England on Tuesday, with heavy rain, hail, and several roads flooded.

Windows were smashed and gardens “flattened” by hail in some areas, with residents describing the stones in Kibworth, Leicestershire, as “tennis ball sized”.

The Met Office has warned more heavy rain and thundery showers are on the way – and they could spark travel chaos.

Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday and Sunday, covering most of England and Wales.

It warns of a risk of flooding, “difficult driving conditions” and potential power cuts, as well as loss of other services to some homes and businesses.

🔵 Read our UK weather live blog for the latest forecasts

But meteorologist Tom Morgan said that while some areas within the warning zone could see a month’s worth of rain, the storms were unlikely to be as bad as those seen on Tuesday.

And temperatures will remain in the low to mid-20s, so significantly cooler but not wintry.

Although the blistering heatwave is expected to end this weekend, in reality it is just on pause with a second sizzler set for early next month.

The Met Office predicts: “Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.”

“By mid-August confidence becomes rather low, but with changeable conditions most likely.

“Above-average temperatures continue to be signalled for much of the period, perhaps becoming very warm or hot at times in the south.”

Forecasters added that August will have ”drier conditions with sunny spells and ”showers or longer periods of rain”.

ANOTHER SIZZLER

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed odds to just 10/11 on this month being the hottest July on record.

Public Health England has extended its heat-health warning, which warns people to take measures to stay cool and look out for vulnerable people, until Friday.

And emergency services have urged people to be aware of the dangers of going into open water following 16 confirmed water-related deaths in the last four days.

Det Ch Insp Tony Nicholson of West Yorkshire Police said: “Even on days as hot as we have had recently, canals can still be very cold and cold water can cause cramps in even the strongest swimmers.”

Meanwhile, Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: “Everybody can be affected by high temperatures and most people are aware of good health advice for coping with hot weather.

”However, it’s important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions.

”As we experience the first hot weather episode of the year, it’s important for everyone to remember to adapt their behaviours.

“This is particularly important during the pandemic with many people self-isolating.

”Most of us want to enjoy the sun. Remember to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”

Temperatures will remain hot until Friday before thunderstorms hit at the weekend16

Temperatures will remain hot until Friday before thunderstorms hit at the weekend
People out for a walk on at Heacham, Norfolk16

People out for a walk on at Heacham, NorfolkCredit: Paul Marriott Photography
Many opted for a ride in the canal in Cambridge16

Many opted for a ride in the canal in CambridgeCredit: Geoff Robinson
Londoners trying to cool down in Trafalgar Square16

Londoners trying to cool down in Trafalgar SquareCredit: EPA
A pair in Bournemouth16

A pair in BournemouthCredit: The Sun
Michael and Patrycja Plodowski with their two-year-old son Anthony at Compton Lock in Winchester, Hants16

Michael and Patrycja Plodowski with their two-year-old son Anthony at Compton Lock in Winchester, HantsCredit: Solent
Hail the size of gold balls in Leicester16

Hail the size of gold balls in LeicesterCredit: SWNS
A swimmer jumps into the bathing pond in Hampstead Heath16

A swimmer jumps into the bathing pond in Hampstead HeathCredit: AFP
The amber heat warning remains in place until Friday
The amber heat warning remains in place until Friday
Two women trying to stay cool in Cambridge16

Two women trying to stay cool in CambridgeCredit: Geoff Robinson
Friends Amelia Eyres and Erin Scambler jumped into the water at Compton Lock in Winchester, Hants16

Friends Amelia Eyres and Erin Scambler jumped into the water at Compton Lock in Winchester, HantsCredit: Solent
Others chose to jump in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park to beat the heat16

Others chose to jump in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park to beat the heatCredit: Reuters
A man cooling down in Trafalgar Square16

A man cooling down in Trafalgar SquareCredit: EPA
Sunbathers relaxing on the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset16

Sunbathers relaxing on the beach at Durdle Door in DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Sunbathers sizzle as heatwave set to continue with 32C high

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