Met Office issues thunderstorms warning for the North East

Cheryl Sanders
July 24, 2018

"We monitor track-side temperatures at vulnerable locations and will, if necessary, introduce temporary speed restrictions during the hottest part of the day as slower trains exert lower forces on the track and reduce the chance of it buckling".

"High pressure, particularly to the east, is sticking around for the rest of the week, meaning temperatures are going to remain hot, very hot".

There is a 90% possibility of heatwave conditions between 9am on Monday and 9am Friday in parts of England, mainly in the south and east.

A Level 3 heatwave alert has been issued for Surrey and Hampshire by the Met Office.

The high pressure to the west is "blocking" low pressure from the east, allowing hot air from Europe to engulf the United Kingdom and send temperatures skyrocketing, he said.

It comes as our area is set for temperatures of up to 32 degrees Celsius today (July 23).

Further speed restrictions would be considered daily throughout the week based on the weather forecast, the operator said.

The Met Office states for 29 July - 7 August: 'Temperatures will be around normal in the northwest to begin with, but otherwise it is likely to become very warm with a chance of hot conditions developing again, especially across the south'.

The hottest July day on record is 36.7C (98F), which was reached at Heathrow on July 1 2015.

Sun worshippers in the United Kingdom have sizzled in the hottest temperature of the year so far, with a scorching 33.3C recorded in England.

The Met Office has issued a Heat-Health Watch warning ahead of the scorching hot temperatures, which will see temperatures averaging 30C on weekdays.

In the meantime, an amber "heat health watch" warning has been issued for parts of England.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has confirmed that several places have had 54 consecutive dry days (starting May 30), including a few which have had less than 1mm of rain in the entire 54-day period.

The longest dry spell this year is Brooms Barn, near Bury St Edmunds, where there hasn't been a drop of rain for 45 days.

"Friday could see torrential thunderstorms across parts of eastern England".

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "During the hot weather we advise passengers to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information".

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