UK weather – Britain faces SECOND heatwave lasting 2 weeks in August after this one ends with thunderstorms this weekend

BRITS face a second heatwave in August that is expected to last two weeks after the end of this one with thunderstorms this weekend.

It comes afterthe UK sizzled on the hottest day of the year as temperatures soared to 32C.

The extreme heat resulted in roads "melting like chocolate" and  train lines buckling.

The scortching weather prompted the Met Office to issue out its first amber 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 warm weather took a turn in the East of England with heavy rain and hail and several roads were flooded as scattered storms swept across the country.

Pictures showed hail at the size of ''golf balls'' during a thunderstorm in Leicester.

Today, the Met said southern and western England will be hit with another 30C scorcher, while there is a risk of an isolated thunderstorm in the East.

Research published by the Times, has revealed that more than 11 million cars are expected to take to the road over the next 5 days and Brits are warned to hit the road after 8pm to avoid the heatwave.

The heatwave is expected to end this weekend  with rain and heavy showers across the southern regions.

But according to the The Met Office a second heatwave is expected next month.

It predicts that from August 2 to August 16, that: "Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK.''

It continued: "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."

The Met Office added that August will have ''drier conditions with sunny spells and ''showers or longer periods of rain.''

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

There is also a yellow warning for rain in place from Saturday across much of England and Wales

Along with the yellow warning, 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.

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.''

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