Thunderstorms Bring an End to United Kingdom Heat Wave
July 23, 2013; 2:22 AM
After a briefly cooler weekend, Monday turned hot once again as temperatures reached the highest levels of the year thus far. The temperature reached 33.5 degrees C (92 degrees F) in London, surpassing the previous high of 32.2 degrees C (90 degrees F) in Hampton from July 17.
The hot weather has been not only deadly to between 540 and 760 people, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, but it has also aided in the development of several fires during the past week.
The heaviest rains of the month occurred in some areas on from Monday into Tuesday as a frontal boundary sparked thunderstorms with vivid lightning across the region.
These thunderstorms also brought an end to the extreme heat that built across the United Kingdom. Temperatures will continue to trend cooler on Wednesday and Thursday, although it will continue to feel quite humid at times.
There will be a continued threat of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday as a slow-moving low pressure area sits to the west of Ireland.
Severe weather for Britain is not uncommon in the summer, and July and August are likely months to get any strong storms. Any of these storms through Wednesday could have heavy rainfall and also strong wind gusts.
The area of low pressure west of the United Kingdom will lead to continued threats of rainfall into the weekend. With this low to the west, temperatures will be held below the extreme heat felt early this week, but temperatures are expected to remain near to above normal across the entire United Kingdom as it remains rather humid at times.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert and updated by Meteorologist Eric Leister