Thunderstorms expected after region enjoys hottest day of the year

Bramham International Horse Trials. Alex Pearson and her two-year-old daughter Evie enjoy the sunshine. (Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.)
Bramham International Horse Trials. Alex Pearson and her two-year-old daughter Evie enjoy the sunshine. (Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.)
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Much of the region basked in sunshine today (Fri) as the UK enjoyed its hottest day of the year.

Visitors to Bramham International Horse Trials yesterday were treated to balmy temperatures while elsewhere in the country tourists celebrated the fine weather as they took a punt along the river Cam in Cambridge.

In Yorkshire temperatures reached 22C in Leeming and around the Ripon area and 21C in Bradford. Further afield the mercury hit 26.8C in Kew Gardens in London – the highest temperature recorded this year, according to the Met Office.

But the good weather was expected to make way for torrential downpours and “severe” thunderstorms across the country.

This morning is expected to be largely cloudy and showery in the region and forecasters were predicting a maximum temperature of 15C. Lower temperatures were predicted for high ground. A Met office spokesperson said: “We are talking about lots of showers. They could be heavy particularly over hills and high ground. As the day goes on those showers get lighter and patchier. As we go into Sunday and next week it begins a lot more settled and drier.”

A severe weather warning for rain was issued yesterday for southern England, the Midlands and most of Wales, with “isolated severe thunderstorms” in the East bringing the risk of torrential downpours.

The Met Office said yesterday: “Whilst most places will miss the heavier rain, the public should be aware that there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption, mainly from surface water flooding.

“Lightning and hail could also cause some impacts.”

A Met Office spokeswoman said that a band of rain 
was forecast across Wales and the Midlands to the Humber region today.