Sahara bubble storm brings WEEK’S worth of rain in one hour – but 35C scorcher is on way

A SAHARA bubble storm has brought a weeks worth of rain an hour causing flooding misery for millions today – before a 35C scorcher banishes the wet weather later this week.

Weather forecasters have issued a “danger to life” warning for much of England and Wales today – as Britain reels from the tail-end of a 60-hour-long weather bomb.

This Met Office weather warning map shows that much of England and Wales is still set to be battered by thunderstorms and rain this morning – bring flood risks and travel chaos

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Rain storms and flooding caused chaos around Edinburgh yesterday as cars and buses were almost submerged by the torrential downpour. Similar conditions will be seen again in parts of England and Wales today[/caption]

Millions in the South, East and Central parts of England will continue to be battered by monsoon showers this morning – with frequent lightning as well as hail and high winds.

The Met Office yellow weather warning for England is due to last until 10am this morning – although poor weather is expected throughout the day in parts.

Heavy rain in North Wales and North West England also merits a separate yellow weather warning here – which is set to last until at least midday.

Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “A pulse is coming up from around South East England and could give the risk of violent thunderstorms.

“Some will see very heavy rain, flash flooding, frequent lightning, hail and winds all thrown in.”

UK weather forecast
UK weather forecast: Britain faces one more day of thunderstorms before the mercury soars


But hot air moving in from continental Europe will bring with it drier, sunnier and warmer conditions – and by Saturday parts of London could get as hot as 35C.

The rain and thunderstorms are set to make way for sunshine and searing heat in time for Glastonbury this weekend, according to the Met Office.

As the week progresses the heat is forecast to build – with southern areas getting the hottest weather.

Peak daily temperatures across much of England and Wales are predicted to be well above 20C all week.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be slightly cooler, although the mercury is expected to rise above 20C on Saturday.

Much of the southern half of the UK will wake up to torrential rain and storms this morning as the final lashings of a 60-hour weather bomb work their way through the country
Heavy rain and thick cloud will prevail over much of the UK today – but scorching sunshine is on its way later this week, forecasters say

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “The continent is seeing some very high temperatures, with record-breaking temperatures expected across France, Spain and Belgium.

“We are not seeing temperatures as hot as Europe, but it will be warm for the UK.”

She added: “By Saturday we could be looking at 30C in the south, with London looking at 30C but with isolated spots of 33C, 34C or 35C, maybe.”


Last year’s record for June, a month in which the UK was hit by a series of wildfires, was 33C recorded at Porthmadog in Gwynedd.

Glastonbury festival-goers will be treated to consistently warm and dry weather – with temperatures expected to largely remain in the mid to high-20s throughout the weekend.

On Friday it could get as hot as 31C at the mammoth music event – so revellers are advised to bring plenty of sunscreen.

Both the UV index and the pollen count are forecast to remain high this week.

Ms Maxey said: “People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.”

The highest temperature of the year so far was 28.8C – recorded in Norfolk on June 2.

Firefighters look for a blocked drain that has flooded a car park leaving one car submerged in Barnton, Edinburgh, yesterday
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A torrential rainstorm catches out pedestrians in Manchester city centre on Monday. More rain will hit today[/caption]

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Intense and violent downpours led to flash floods in parts – with this bus driver attempting to navigate a submerged road in Edinburgh on Monday[/caption]

A 2,000-mile wide block of hot air is engulfing all of Europe, bringing high temperatures and storms right across the continent – but it will finally provide hot sunshine later this week

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