Temperatures will rise to 32C before thunderstorms across the UK

Parts of Britain are bracing for another day of sizzling temperatures ahead of three days of yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms.

A yellow weather warning for extreme heat is in place until 11.59pm on Sunday for large parts of the south, east, west, midlands and north of England, when temperatures are forecast to rise to 32C.

The Met Office has put the warning in place, saying people could experience “unfortunate health effects”, such as sunburn or heat exhaustion, and transport delays in the hot weather.

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Water is sprinkled on lush green football pitches next to a parched pitch (Ben Birchall/PA)

Lincolnshire Police confirmed that a teenage boy died on Saturday after falling into the sea at Skegness after temperatures reached more than 30 degrees in parts of England.

It came after a body was found in a lake in Doncaster earlier that day following reports that a man in his 20s had got into difficulty in the water.

Meanwhile, over in Scotland and Northern Ireland, a yellow warning for thunderstorms is in place from 9am on Sunday until 11.59pm on Monday, as the north experiences heavy rain over the next two days.

The forecaster has warned of flooding and power outages as the downpours lashed the two regions.

Weather forecast Sunday 14 August 2022

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The warning then spreads to England and Wales on Monday and Tuesday, with only the south-west and south-east of England facing a third day of yellow warnings on Wednesday until 11.59pm as the rain eases elsewhere.

Dan Stroud, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said the drastic change in weather is due to a change in air pressure.

He told the PA news agency: “We’ve had a number of days now where we’ve had clear, strong, clear skies and strong sunshine which has warmed the ground.

“We’ve had high pressure dominance, now we have low pressure dominance, so the air becomes more unstable. Since we’ve had some very high ground temperatures, it actually doesn’t take much for the air to become even more unstable and for thunderstorms to develop quickly.”

The warm weather has already seen several bushfires break out across England, with the latest blaze breaking out in the North York Moors National Park.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the blaze on Saturday night just after 6pm in Sutton Bank and firefighters worked through the night to contain the grass to prevent it spreading further.

Met Office forecasters have warned there is a “significant risk” of further bushfires on Sunday as the ground has been “extremely dry for an extended period”.

An official drought was declared in eight areas of England on Friday by the National Drought Group (NDG), which consists of representatives from the government, water companies, the Environment Agency (EA) and others.

Three water companies – Welsh Water, Southern Water and South East Water – have all introduced hose bans, while Yorkshire Water has announced a ban will start on August 26 and Thames Water is planning one in the coming weeks.

Stroud said despite forecasts of intense showers over the next few days, it was unlikely to help the drought.

“It will help a bit, but to be honest it’s almost the wrong kind of rain,” he said. “What we’re likely to see is some heavy, intense downpours. With the ground baked so dry, it is very difficult for the ground to actually absorb the water very quickly.

“So what tends to happen under those circumstances is the water runs off and we could potentially have some surface runoff issues, so some flooding.”

On Saturday, Surrey residents were without water on Saturday after problems hit the Netley Mill Water Treatment Works.

Summer weather 14 August 2022

A hot air balloon flies over a browning and parched golf course (Ben Birchall/PA)

Water supplier Thames Water apologized and distributed bottled water to residents in Guilford, Surrey Hills, Dorking and Horsham while engineers worked to restore supplies.

By Sunday morning, the problem had been resolved and residents were told that the water was “gradually returning to the area”.

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Councilor Liz Townsend of Surrey County Council criticized Thames Water for the supply issues during one of the hottest weekends of the year.

She told BBC Breakfast: “This is happening more and more now with warm weather.

– We had this problem last year here too.

“And to be honest, the service is not fit for purpose now and residents are rightly very, very annoyed at what they have to put up with.”

She added that Thames Water “failed this time to meet the needs of the vulnerable in and around Cranleigh and Ewhurst” after she received messages from elderly people saying they had not received any water.

A statement from Thames Water said: “Netley Mill Water Treatment Works is now back in operation and supply is gradually being restored to the local network. This will continue for the rest of the day.

“We are very sorry that customers have been affected, especially at a time of high temperatures.

“As supplies start to return, we ask customers to try to use this only for essential use initially. This will help us return supplies to everyone faster.

“We deliver bottled water to customers who we know need extra help. If anyone is unable to travel to a bottled water site, they should contact us on 0800 316 9800 and we will help you.”

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