UK weather forecast: Three days of thunderstorm warnings – When will August heat up?
Across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Met Office yellow weather warnings are in place for thunderstorms. These are spread across Scotland, with changeable weather for the rest of the country this week according to the Met Office. Scattered showers are expected this evening and overnight, especially in northern, western and central parts of the UK.
Thunderstorm warnings are in place until 10pm Monday evening, for Grampian and Highlands and Eilean Siar.
The Met Office said thunderstorms are expected to develop across northern parts of Scotland during Monday afternoon then slowly die out during Monday evening.
Despite many areas seeing some showers, most places will see only small quantities of rainfall.
There is a chance of a few areas seeing 20 mm (0.7 inches) of rain in an hour and 30 to 40 mm (1.1 to 1.5 inches) in three hours as well as lightning and some hail.
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For Tuesday, a thunderstorm warning is in place from 11am until 10pm.
This warning is for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of Scotland from late Tuesday morning and afternoon, then slowly ebb away during Tuesday evening.
Though some areas will miss the thundery showers, elsewhere, 20mm (0.7 inches) within an hour could fall, and 30 to 40mm (1.1 to 1.5 inches) within three hours.
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The warning areas could also see lightning and some hail.
On Wednesday, – 11am until 10pm for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of Scotland by late Wednesday morning and through the afternoon, then slowly die out during the evening.
When will August heat up?
Despite the grey skies, rain and thunderstorms, summer is not yet over according to forecasters.
Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “There’s potential for high rainfall totals as low pressure dominates the next week across the country. We’re closely monitoring further warnings.
“The first low pressure brings heavy showers until Wednesday, heaviest in the North and West but with gusty winds in the South, and the next low pressure from Friday brings showers for the weekend.
“Unsettled conditions will probably persist until mid-month.
“After August 17 has signs high pressure could build, bringing drier and more settled conditions in the South, with a chance of warmer interludes.”
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This is a debut of autumn according to Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze, however, the heat should soon return.
Mr Gaze said: “It’s an early taste of autumn with four Atlantic low-pressure systems spoiling the next fortnight of school holidays.
“Floods and 50mph gusts are expected.
“But summer isn’t over. Heat is forecast to return from mid-August, with 31C in the South as continental warmth returns.”
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