UK weather forecast: Storm Francis eases but thunderstorms threaten public holidays

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Storm Francis evolved after gusts of over 80 km / h that hit the UK – but thunderstorms now threaten to ruin the August public holiday.The Met Office’s yellow warnings for rain that cover Northern Ireland and parts of England, Wales and Scotland remain until 6 a.m. Wednesday, and another for the east wind in place until 9 o’clock.

The Environment Agency still has 36 flood alerts and five flood alerts in place for England thanks to the bleak conditions.

Forecasters said the weather is expected to improve throughout the day, but it will take a bit longer for the eastern areas to see the winds subside completely as the storm heads towards the Europe.



Storm Francis continues after hitting the country with winds over 80 mph

Temperatures today could even reach highs of 21 ° C in the south as the showers and strong winds dissipate.

However, this is a temporary reprieve, as the month of August ends in a miserable fashion.

Large parts of the country will be hit by further downpours on Thursday and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday.

The bank holiday weekend itself is currently expected to be mixed, with showers and winds in some parts of the UK and dry in others.

Temperatures may struggle to exceed 18C and will feel cooler, a far cry from the record 37C heat Britain experienced in July.



Waves crash into Newhaven harbor wall during Storm Francis on Tuesday



caption: UK weather forecast: Storm Francis continues but thunderstorms threaten public holidays

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “Francis has now pretty much moved offshore and it’s just a slow incremental improvement now. ”

The strongest gusts recorded on Tuesday were the 81 mph wind that hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight at around 8 p.m.

This is just below the August record for the UK which was 87 mph recorded in 1996.

Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales experienced gusts of 75 mph, tying the August Welsh gust record of 75 mph set at Milford Haven in August 1979.

The wettest spot on Tuesday was Bethesda in north Wales, where 101mm of rain was recorded.



It wasn’t the sunniest of August and the rest of the month won’t be much better

Meanwhile, firefighters in Northern Ireland said 37 people had been rescued from the floods.

Elderly residents had to be rescued from the County Down seaside town of Newcastle after a river burst its banks, and in Draperstown, County Londonderry, rescuers had to rescue nine people from inside one house, as well as four outside trying to help.

A boat was used to help the people of Newcastle, a picturesque east coast town on the edge of the Morne Mountains.

As many as 300 homes have been affected and streets left under three or four feet of water, a local official said.

South Wales Police say they were involved in two separate searches in the swollen river Taff and fire crews had to rescue holidaymakers from a flooded campsite in the town of St Clears, in Carmarthenshire, after the river level rose in the area.



Stormy conditions will give way to thunder this weekend

The Central and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said nine people and two dogs were rescued by fire service personnel using a fast rescue sled, lines and paddling pool equipment.

Crews also provided medical treatment to a man and evacuated 30 others from a flooded caravan site at Wiseman’s Bridge, Narberth, while 12 caravans were also removed from the site.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said that until mid-Wednesday drivers have to prepare for “very nasty” conditions on the roads.

“An orange weather warning covering part of western Britain means there is a real risk of travel disruption due to flying debris such as tree branches.

“Surface projections and perhaps localized flooding are also possible,” he said.

MEET THE OFFICE’S PERSPECTIVES

Today:

The first clouds and rain over parts of England, Scotland and Wales are dissipating eastwards. Sunny periods then followed, but also some showers, more particularly for Northern Ireland, the south of Scotland and the north of England. Become less windy from the west.

Tonight:

The daytime showers subside this evening leaving many dry areas with clear spells overnight. Outbreaks of rain later developed over parts of southern Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

Thursday:

Dry start for many with early periods of sun or sun. However, in many areas, showers or longer rains develop later. Best weather probably in the North West of Scotland and East Anglia.

Outlook from Friday to Sunday:

Mainly cloudy with showers or rain on Friday, windy in the east later. Showers on Saturday is, otherwise mostly dry with waves of sunshine on weekends with mitigating winds

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