UK Met Office Issues Warning for Thunderstorms as Temperatures Go Past 40C

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for thunderstorms and heavy downpours as Tuesday’s temperatures soar past 40C.

“Exceptionally hot for much of England, Wales and parts of Scotland. Turning less hot in west perhaps with some thunderstorms moving across the southwest and Wales. Chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms and gusty winds northeast England. Some rain far northwest, “said the Met Office.

The Met added that there is a chance of trains and bus services being cancelled or delayed, while there is also the possibility of power outages.

Currently, a record-breaking 40.2C reading was recorded at London Heathrow at 12.50 BST while temperatures are expected to go higher in the A1/M1 corridor.

Network Rail has warned against travelling due to warped rails while there are also outages across the UK due to overheating transformers.

The London Ambulance Service reported 6,600 calls on Monday while the number for Tuesday has not yet been released.

“Yesterday was still a busy and long day, and I cannot emphasize enough that people need to follow the same advice as Monday and avoid exposure to the sun. Early indications show a slight increase in fainting due to heat exposure. We could see this rise in even higher temperatures today,” said Brian Jordan, director of 999 operations at London Ambulance Service.

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