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Rain is on the way! Met Office issues severe weather warning with thunderstorms and flash flooding on way from tomorrow as Hurricane Chris heads to UK

  • The sweltering sunshine that has left the UK parched is set to come to an end this week, forecasters warn
  • Thunderstorms and heavy showers are set to sweep southwards from Scotland by Friday afternoon
  • Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for large parts of Wales and West of England on Friday
  • Also warned of the potential disruption that could be caused by Hurricane Chris, which is East of the US 

By Stephanie Linning For Mailonline

Published: 12:18 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 00:16 EDT, 12 July 2018

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The recent heatwave has left reservoirs dry, gardens parched and thousands of Britons flocking to the beach. 

But the summer sunshine is on its way out - at least for now - as forecasters warn that thunderstorms and heavy downpours are on the way this week.

The sweltering heat and clear blue skies will make way for showers across the country on Friday. The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for parts of Wales and West of England. 

The change in weather, which has been described as a 'blip' by the Met Office could be followed by Hurricane Chris, which is swirling off the East Coast of the US and making its way north-eastwards across the Atlantic.

Soaking up the sun: People make the most of a hot afternoon by taking boats out in Oxford - but the weather is set to change
Soaking up the sun: People make the most of a hot afternoon by taking boats out in Oxford - but the weather is set to change

Soaking up the sun: People make the most of a hot afternoon by taking boats out in Oxford - but the weather is set to change

Change is on the way: People punting in Oxford today
Change is on the way: People punting in Oxford today
The Met Office's severe weather warning for Friday
The Met Office's severe weather warning for Friday

Change is on the way: People punting in Oxford today (left) and the Met Office's severe weather warning for Friday

Parched: Water levels ls in the Derbyshire Peak District have dropped, leaving the reservoirs dry, pictured
Parched: Water levels ls in the Derbyshire Peak District have dropped, leaving the reservoirs dry, pictured

Parched: Water levels ls in the Derbyshire Peak District have dropped, leaving the reservoirs dry, pictured

While its exact path is not yet known forecasters warned that it could cause problems for the UK, although it is likely to have diminished in strength and be classified as an 'ex-hurricane' by this point.

Some parts of the UK are today experiencing isolated showers and the patchy rain will continue tomorrow in Scotland and Wales, becoming more widespread as they day goes on. 

Those living in southern England will see the best of the weather. It is forecast to stay largely dry with highs of 27C (81F). It comes after a period of unseasonably hot weather. 

Average summer temperatures are 19C (66F) but across the UK we have seen 10C above that, according to the Met Office. 

Summer sunshine: A group of young people enjoy the picturesque scenes of Christchurch Meadows in Oxford
Summer sunshine: A group of young people enjoy the picturesque scenes of Christchurch Meadows in Oxford

Summer sunshine: A group of young people enjoy the picturesque scenes of Christchurch Meadows in Oxford

On its way out: This summery weather will make way for rain and thunderstorms by the end of the week, the Met Office said
On its way out: This summery weather will make way for rain and thunderstorms by the end of the week, the Met Office said

On its way out: This summery weather will make way for rain and thunderstorms by the end of the week, the Met Office said

Strolling through the shade: A man dons a hat to protect himself from the sun as he steps out in Oxford today
Strolling through the shade: A man dons a hat to protect himself from the sun as he steps out in Oxford today

Strolling through the shade: A man dons a hat to protect himself from the sun as he steps out in Oxford today

The weather will turn on Friday with thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rain spreading southwards from Scotland by the evening. 

The Met Office yellow weather warning issued for Friday means some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, perhaps leading to some damage to buildings. 

There is also a good chance driving conditions will at times be affected by spray and standing water, leading to some minor journey delays.

Some short term loss of power and other services due to lightning strikes is possible.

Stopping for a break: This couple on the river took a minute to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings on the river bank
Stopping for a break: This couple on the river took a minute to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings on the river bank

Stopping for a break: This couple on the river took a minute to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings on the river bank

Beautiful backdrop: Two young girls chatted on a paddle boat as they joined those out and about in Oxford
Beautiful backdrop: Two young girls chatted on a paddle boat as they joined those out and about in Oxford

Beautiful backdrop: Two young girls chatted on a paddle boat as they joined those out and about in Oxford

Taking in the sights: This group admired the neatly mowed sports field as they soaked up the sun in Oxford
Taking in the sights: This group admired the neatly mowed sports field as they soaked up the sun in Oxford

Taking in the sights: This group admired the neatly mowed sports field as they soaked up the sun in Oxford

Hurricane or ex-hurricane Chris could then bring further disruption on Sunday or Monday.  

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern, speaking in a Met Office Facebook post, said: 'Developments on the other side of the pond could very well disrupt weather patterns in the vicinity of the UK. 

'(By the weekend) Chris is likely to join the jet stream and its remnants are likely to be carried towards the UK. Now, those uncertainties mean there are big differences in the forecast for the start of next week.

'One projection showing low pressure just to the west of the UK is bringing wind and rain, but on another Chris is barely there.

'One common theme emerging from the start of next week is that low pressure will be a little closer and the weather will turn more changeable than we have seen recently.'  

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