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Thunder and hail storms bring a temporary end to heatwave - and travel chaos

The i logo The i 28/07/2018 Jem Collins
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The UK's elongated heatwave has come to an abrupt end, with thunder and hail storms across the country sparking travel chaos.

Some parts of Britain saw more than a month's rainfall in just a few hours as thunderstorms took hold following the excrutiatingly long summer heatwave - which many have put down to climate change.

Flights were delayed from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Luton and Stanstead, with some cancelled after temporary restrictions were put in place after storms.

People wait in the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International station in London, Britain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls © Reuters People wait in the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International station in London, Britain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The Met Office also upgraded a weather warning for Northern Ireland to amber, saying damage to buildings from flooding and lightning strikes is likely.

Belfast International Airport also saw 88.2mm of rainfall on Saturday afternoon, above the July average for the entire region, which sits at 81.2mm, with roads flooded and transport affected.

Temperatures dropping by up to 10C

The UK heatwave had brought the hottest day of the year so far on Thursday, with the mercury climbing to 35C at London Heathrow.

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However, the thundery showers and changeable weather saw temperatures in some places drop by up to 10C.

"It's a very unsettled weather picture across the whole of the UK," said Meteorologist Sarah Kent.

Similarly cool weather is expected on Sunday, and a yellow weather warning for rain and wind is in place for Wales and southern England into the afternoon.

Wind speeds of up to 40mph inland are expected, and campers have been warned to take precautions.

Ms Kent said: "The warning is in place particularly for holidaymakers who are out camping or towing their caravans, they are going to see some very strong gusts."

People queue for the Eurostar at St Pancras International station in London, Britain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls © Reuters People queue for the Eurostar at St Pancras International station in London, Britain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

A temporary interlude

However, while the storms may have provided some respite from the heat, temperatures are set to soar again by the end of next week.

"What’s causing the thunderstorms is the heat we have in the Southeast accompanied by a cold front coming in from the West. A combination of those two is bringing moisture into the system [and] we’ve already got the heat… It creates conditions for summer thunderstorms,” said Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge.

FOLKESTONE, ENGLAND - JULY 28:  A holidaymaker walks her dog amongst stationary traffic as vehicles queue for Eurotunnel which is experiencing long delays due to extreme weather conditions on July 28, 2018 in Folkestone, England. Passenger using the channel tunnel, which connects the United Kingdom and France, are experiencing delays of four hours as the service has been hit with issues due to the recent prolonged high temperatures.  (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images) © Getty FOLKESTONE, ENGLAND - JULY 28: A holidaymaker walks her dog amongst stationary traffic as vehicles queue for Eurotunnel which is experiencing long delays due to extreme weather conditions on July 28, 2018 in Folkestone, England. Passenger using the channel tunnel, which connects the United Kingdom and France, are experiencing delays of four hours as the service has been hit with issues due to the recent prolonged high temperatures. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

But by next Wednesday, the thermostat could have a reading of 28C in the capital. Temperatures could reach 25C in Cardiff and 23C in Edinburgh. “It will be above average temperatures. We’ve been looking at days of 28C and above as a guide to heatwave conditions,” said Mr Madge.

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