UK weather – live: 'Unprecedented' heatwave continues for sixth day as thunderstorm warnings remain in place

Heatwave conditions, where temperatures have exceeded 30C for over three days, are set to continue for the sixth day in a row in parts of southern and central England.

The high temperatures have lasted well into the evening, creating “tropical nights” which are uncomfortable for many as temperatures do not fall below 20C as we sleep.

But in other parts of the country, heavy rainfall has already caused some flooding in Lancashire, where 10 properties were affected on Tuesday.

The Environment Agency said rainfall caused the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by nearly a metre in less than three hours.

Further heavy showers could cause more flooding in “mostly urban areas” of England until Friday, said the agency. Yellow thunderstorm warnings issued by the Met Office remain in place for all of England and the eastern half of Scotland.

A more serious amber warning has been issued for parts of eastern Scotland between Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, which could mean there will be flash flooding and building damage from lightning strikes and hailstones.

How to work from home in a heatwave

With many of us still working from home as the pandemic continues, we may long for the air conditioning some of us are lucky enough to have in the office.

People have turned to Twitter to ask others what they’re doing to make the heat more bearable and keep productivity levels up.

Short of parking yourself in front of an open fridge door, Louise Whitbread has picked a few things that will make working from home in a heatwave a more pleasant experience:

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Following our previous post, Sabrina Barr has the lowdown on what type of sunscreen you should use, and what are the differences between them all?

How much sunscreen do you need?

Heading out into the sun? Make sure you heed the advice of dermatologists on how much sunscreen you should apply to protect your skin.

Chelsea Ritschel spoke to dermatologists to find out:


Flooding in hospital car park and landslip at caravan park in Fife

Hospital staff at Queen Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy found their cars submerged in floodwaters after downpours overnight.

Some cars were carried away by the floodwaters and sustained damage.

NHS Fife chief executive Carol Potter thanked local businesses, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue for “working through the night” to help those affected.


Elsewhere in Fife, a landslide at the Pettycur Bay Holiday Park prompted police to evacuate caravans there.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told The Courier that emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 11.35pm on Tuesday after a landslide blocked part of the railway line and closed the A921 between Kinghorn and Burntisland.

“Adverse weather conditions in the area of Pettycur Bay Caravan Park, Kinghorn, has caused a landslide,” they said.

“A number of properties on site have been evacuated as a safety precaution while emergency services can survey damage in the area. No one has been injured during this incident.”

Huge bolts of lightning spotted across England

Some parts of the country were treated to fantastic displays of lightning crackling across the skies on Tuesday night.

Lightning is seen over Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (Reuters)
Lightning is seen over Mow Cop, Staffordshire (Reuters)

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‘Where is this fabled rain?’ Londoners wonder

Londoners are wondering where the rain and thunderstorms are, after several days and nights of sweltering heat.

While some parts of the UK, especially Scotland and north west England, have been inundated with torrential downpours, temperatures in central and southern England continue to stay within heatwave conditions.

On Tuesday night, temperatures in London stayed above 20C for most of the night.

It’s #toohottosleep, complain Britons struggling with tropical nights

The hashtag #toohottosleep is trending on Twitter, as many in the UK struggled to get any shuteye last night.

The ongoing heatwave has led to tropical nights, which means the temperature does not drop below 20C at nighttime.

Unable to get comfortable, Britons turned to Twitter to join their comrades in sleepless, sweaty nights spent laying on top of the sheets.

Thankfully, our lifestyle reporter Sarah Young has some great tips for sleeping during a heatwave:

Roads flooded in Edinburgh as thunderstorm warnings remain in place


Flooding and travel disruption across central and eastern Scotland overnight

Flooding in Perth, Scotland (PA)
Homes and roads in Scotland have been flooded due to torrential rain overnight and on Wednesday morning.

Scotrail also reported services being disrupted as lightning strikes caused power outages.

Perth and Kinross, the Lothians, Forth Valley and the north east experienced many lightning strikes and heavy downpour overnight.

More rainfall brought localised flooding in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire on Wednesday morning.

Thunderstorm warnings in place for most of UK

The Met Office’s thunderstorm warnings remained in place for most of the UK on Wednesday.

But the heatwave in central and southern England shows no sign of abating, and the storms will do little to temper the heatwave as highs in the low- to mid-30s are expected, reports Emily Goddard.

Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s liveblog on all things heatwave and thunderstorms in the UK today.


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