Met Office warns thunderstorms and heavy rain to lash UK as heatwave ends

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The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning as England and Wales brace for severe weather following high temperatures.

Brits have been enjoying baking hot weather in recent days, with Sunday (June 13) even being hotter than Spanish party island Ibiza.

And temperatures could even hit 30C on Monday (June 14) in parts of the south and south-east.

But, from Wednesday (June 16) onwards, most of the country will face heavy rain apart from the north and south-west.

The Met Office warned there is a possibility that some communities could be cut off by flooded roads and homes and businesses could be flooded quickly as a result of the heavy rainfall.

Other risks include power cuts, hazardous driving conditions and damage caused by lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

The Met Office said: “Although there remains significant uncertainty in location and timing, areas of thunderstorms are expected to move northeast across parts of England and Wales from late Wednesday through to Friday morning.

“While not all locations will be affected, some intense thunderstorms may occur during this period with torrential rain, hail and frequent lightning and strong gusty winds possible.

“Rainfall totals of around 30mm could fall in an hour, with some locations potentially receiving around 50mm in 2-3 hours, although these will be fairly isolated.”

Temperatures will drop about 10 degrees from the sizzling levels this week to the early 20s in the south and mid teens for the north, which is usual for this time of year.

Which areas are included in the warning?

The following areas are included in the warning, as of 11am on Sunday.

London and South East England: Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Surrey, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.

South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay and Wiltshire.

East: Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk and Thurrock.

East Midlands: Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Warwickshire, West Midlands Conurbation and Worcestershire.

Yorkshire and Humber: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and York.

North East England: Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

North West England: Blackburn with Darwen, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Greater Manchester, Halton, Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington.

Wales: Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Flintshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cyon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

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