Britons could suffer more travel chaos as thunderstorms pave the way for a 29C heatwave set for this weekend, which will bathe all of the UK in balmy weather, officially kicking off a delayed great British summertime. Until then, forecasters have urged UK residents to take extra care when travelling as a huge chunk of England is about to be hit by floods brought on by torrential rain. A severe weather warning has been issued from the south west of England up to as far as Hull.
The Met Office warned: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus service.”
This could cause power cuts affecting homes, businesses and rail travel.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told Sun Online: “We are expecting to see the worst of the thunderstorms on Tuesday, as the torrential rain sweeps in from south east England.
“There’s going to be some seriously heavy rain ranging from 15mm to even 50mm in some parts of the country.
“It’s not going to be very pleasant and you can expect slightly breezy weather, but temperatures are still going to be fairly warm, reaching highs of 24C on Tuesday in the south east.”
A yellow weather warning has been issues for Tuesday and Wednesday in the south east of England.
Mr Burkill said: “We are also expecting some lightning strikes to take place which will delay and maybe even cancel travel plans.
“We urge people to take extra precautions when travelling during the warning.”
The bad weather has made this month the coldest June in the past 28 years, with the average temperature being 19C currently.
A record 40C heatwave is creeping through Europe, resulting in much warmer temperatures for the UK from Saturday.