Met Office says recent flooding will be followed by typical UK summer

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A return to a "typical" summer for the UK is expected following the latest round of extreme weather, according to forecasters.

Following parts of the UK experiencing temperatures of up to 32C last weekend, that latest period of scorching heat was followed up with thunderstorms and torrential rain these past few days, The Daily Mirror reports.

The heavy downpours caused flash flooding in some areas of the UK with some regions having to experience the removal of tree trunks, litter and debris from a pub after it had become inundated by heavy rainfall.

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Thunderstorm warnings were issued for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week by the Met Office and it was a much needed alert as meteorological data showed a total of 26,718 lightning strikes had struck the UK between Sunday and Wednesday.

That staggering total of lightning strikes accounts for more than half of all the country's strikes in the last 12 months.

Regarding the weather forecast for the next few days, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “It will be comfortable for most of the UK compared to the extreme heat we have been experiencing.

“Any rain that does fall from the sky will generally be much lighter than it has been.

“It will be a mixture of sunshine and showers, with the majority of the showers across the northern half of the country over the next few days.”

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With the drought conditions that have plagued areas of the UK, forecaster Jo Farrow said the expected rainfall isn't expected to be the answer to solving the issues the drought has caused.

“The ground is hard and dry, the water can not soak into it. That is why we see the surface runoff, pooling water and gushing floods flowing away," she said.

“Also, there have been many dry months over winter and in 2021. The background to this summer has led to these current drought conditions.

“Many parts of Britain are in drought or water scarcity after the driest July for England since 1935, and the driest July on record for East Anglia, southeast and southern England.


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