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Met Éireann warns of flooding risk as 'persistent rain' expected this weekend

27 July, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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On Wednesday, Weatherquest's Adam Drury said: "On Friday there is an initial low risk of a few spots of rain to the west and thunder storms in the afternoon with good chance of heavy storms across the county".

Temperatures are still high in Scotland today (Friday 27 July), but we may have seen the last of the sunshine for a while, according to the Met Office.

An amber heatwave warning has been issued for Portsmouth and the surrounding area by the Met Office.

"Large hail, frequent lightning and strong and gusty winds will be additional hazards".

Where these thunderstorms do take place, torrential downpours with a much as 30 mm of rainfall in 1 hour and 60 mm in 3 hours could occur.

Some places could see as much as 30mm of rainfall in an hour and 60mm in three hours.

Temperatures of 37C (99F) have been forecast in southern, eastern and central England for Friday.

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Temperatures hit 35C (95F) on Thursday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures are also expected to be warm again next week, with highs of around 21C at the beginning of the week, slowly increasing day by day.

The warning comes after weeks of hot weather, with temperatures predicted to reach 28C (82.4F) in parts of Wales on Friday and firefighters continuing to battle wildfires.

But, the threat of rain also promises to send temperatures tumbling - with Saturday potentially being more than ten degrees cooler than the end of the working week.

A mix of toxic air, extreme highs, emissions from the continent and a lack of cloud cover caused a "high" air pollution alert to be issued for London.

In the capital, London Fire Brigade called for a temporary ban on barbecues in public parks after a spate of grass fires, while Highways England demanded drivers refrain from throwing rubbish from their vehicles following a surge in fires by busy roads.

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