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UK weather forecast: Temperatures plunge to two-month lows as heatwave makes way for torrential rain, gales and storms

Mirror logo Mirror 10/08/2018 Natalie Evans
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Temperatures are set to plunge across the UK as the summer heatwave makes way for torrential rain, gales and thunderstorms.

The mercury dropped to two-month low in parts of the country, down 10C from the start of the week, as heavy downpours and winds of up to 70mph are forecast.

Only the southeast of England, which has endured brunt of the heatwave, will see the warm and more settled conditions of the summer.

The hot weather came to an abrupt and wet end as the tail end of an Atlantic storm brought torrential rain and thunderstorms to parts of the UK.

a group of people walking in the rain holding an umbrella © Credits: SWNS.com

Tropical storm Debby strengthened over the far North Atlantic on Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

The storm system formed around 1,200 miles (1931km) east of Boston on Tuesday but is not expected to make landfall in the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.

People leaving Hammersmith tube station in west London were provided with the makeshift 'bridge' by staff at a nearby branch of Pret-a-Manger, who later tweeted to say "we chair-ish our customers."

Transport for London urged passengers to avoid the station after inches of rain fell in under an hour as the rush hour got underway.

Underground staff eventually decided to shut the station due to fears of overcrowding as so many people were trapped in the exit by rising water.

a close up of text on a black background © Credits: Twitter/@7Weather

Meanwhile, a mini ‘twister’ was spotted swirling around the skies over Cheshire.

The tornado-like cloud formed above Poynton, Bollington and Macclesfield at around lunchtime today.

Jennie Lewis snapped the weather phenomenon from her window in Higher Poynton at around 12.15pm.

Jennie, 48, said: “I was in my kitchen having an early lunch and it started raining.

“We had a really heavy downpour and then I saw this unusual cloud forming. I ran upstairs to grab my camera and by then you could see the rain and cloud twisting.

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“It looked like something out of a film. The cloud was getting longer but it eventually dissipated.

“I’ve always been interested in the weather and this was a really unusual sight.”

Other witnesses said the twister disappeared before it touched the ground.

No damage has been reported to the police, a spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said.

The Met Office only define a cloud as a tornado if it touches the ground.

It is possible the sight was a funnel cloud, which is the same as a tornado - it just doesn’t reach the earth.

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A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that reaches from the base of a storm cloud to the ground. They happen in unsettled weather conditions, usually as part of thunderstorms.

If the rotating column of air does not reach the ground it is a funnel cloud.

At the point a funnel cloud reaches the earth’s surface it becomes a tornado, or if it reaches a body of water it becomes a waterspout.

Weather Forecast from 6pm Thursday August 9 to 6pm Friday August 10

Today (Friday) : A day of sunshine and scattered showers for much of the UK, the showers most frequent in the north where some of these will be heavy and thundery. Wales and the south-west will turn drier later on as the showers move into eastern England. There will be a moderate west to south-westerly wind.

Tonight (Friday night) : Evening showers will gradually clear eastwards becoming drier for most places with clear spells, although a few showers may linger across north-eastern Scotland for a time. However by dawn, light rain or drizzle will begin to edge into south-west England. There will be a moderate westerly wind.

UK Outlook (Saturday and Sunday) : Tomorrow, many places will start dry with spells of sunshine in the east and north. However, rain will spread from the south-west through the day, some heavy. A wet day for many on Sunday with outbreaks of rain, some of this heavy in nature, but drier in the south-east with some spells of sunshine.  

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