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UK and Europe weather forecast latest, August 18: Autumnal weather as Storm Kyle battles the UK

19:25 | 17/08/2020

Heatwave conditions is forecasted to end with thunderstorms hitting the UK and remnants of Kyle Storms also bring strong winds. Meanwhile, thunderstorms continue to affect central portions of Europe.

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UK's weather forecast

Thunderstorms, rain and grey skies have dominated the forecast this weekend, bringing an end to the days of intense heat last week. Temperatures of 34C and higher were recorded across last week before severe thunderstorms hit Britain, Express reported.

The Met Office tweeted to say more than 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded hitting the UK on Sunday, as well as torrential rain and strong winds.

Further thunderstorm warnings are in place on Monday, for much of England, with the potential for heavy showers and thunderstorms which may lead to flooding and travel disruption.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK Storm Warning: Storm Kyle's remnants will impact the UK this week (Image: SEVERE WEATHER EUROPE)

The warnings are in place until 9pm on Monday for the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Met Office warns some heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across many areas of England and Wales during the late morning and afternoon when they are likely to be slow-moving.

Some places within the warning area will miss the thunderstorms altogether, but where they do occur 0.7 to 1.57 inches (20 to 40mm) of rain may fall within an hour with 1.9 to 2.7 inches (50 to 70mm) possible in three or four hours.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK storm warning: Thunderstorm warnings are in place on Monday (Image: MET OFFICE)

Lightning, hail and possibly gusty winds will be additional hazards. Not only will thunderstorms impact the UK, but the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle will bring cooler weather and strong winds.

Forecasters are warning the weather will feel autumnal later this week as Storm Kyle reaches the UK. The remnants of Storm Kyle will merge with a developing deep upper low coming from Greenland as it tracks across the Atlantic Ocean.

SevereWeather.eu warns this could result in "explosive development of unseasonably strong extratropical cyclone" which "is expected to blast into Ireland and the UK on Friday."

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK storm warning: Storm Kyle will track towards the UK on Wednesday (Image: WXCHARTS)

Meteorologist Marco Petagna said: “Remnants of tropical storms can get caught in the jet stream and bring premature autumnal weather to the UK. Computer models show tropical storm Kyle doing just this. It’s a big change in the weather.”

As the week continues, there will be highs ranging from 17C to 24C, a sharp drop from the record six-day 34C scorcher last week. Some areas may still see up to 30C, but these will be few and far between say forecasters.

Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “The hot weather is slowly subsiding now, with more cloud, but it will still be very warm and humid where the sun comes out in the south and west of the UK."

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK storm warning: Strong 55mph winds will hit the UK later this week (Image: WINDY)

“In contrast to the last few days, maximum daytime temperatures will be reducing, with only isolated locations seeing temperatures of 30C or above."

"And some northern and eastern areas much less warm at times, with a lot of low cloud and hill fog.”

Of Storm Kyle, Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze warned: “It’s payback time after the heatwave.

“The storm will bring us back to reality, with a taste of early autumn seeing washouts for families on holidays, with gusts around 55mph in the west and up to 40mph in exposed parts of the south.”

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK storm warning: Storm Kyle will cross a deepening low and strengthen (Image: WINDY)

Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said: “Energy from the remnants of tropical storm Kyle will merge an unseasonably deep low approaching the UK from Wednesday, with effects felt right through into next weekend."

“There will be strong winds, longer spells of rain and heavy, blustery showers.”

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Fine Wednesday before rain spreads northwards across all areas. The rain clears the north Thursday, with showers in the west and sunny periods in the east. Blustery showers on Friday.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
UK storm warning: Storm Kyle will bring fierce winds and autumnal weather (Image: WXCHARTS)

Europe's weather forecast

According to Weather Online, outbreaks of rain and showers, some heavy, spread into northwest Spain and northern Portugal on Tuesday. Staying dry and sunny to the south and east. Further dry and sunny conditions for the Balearic Islands and Italy though a few thunderstorms could develop over the Alps later. Hot and mostly sunny in Greece and Turkey with isolated showers through the afternoon.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
BBC Weather: Forecaster said an amber warning was in place in Denmark (Image: BBC)

Sunny spells and scattered showers again in France, these mainly focussed to the west. Fair for the Low Countries with isolated showers here. Heavy thunderstorms develop over Germany, Switzerland, Austria, southern Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

Scattered showers for the Czech Republic and dry with some sunny spells for northern Poland.

Another fine day for Denmark though thunderstorms may develop to the southwest later. Dry and fine for the Baltic States. Cloud increases over southern parts of Norway and Sweden with isolated showers developing here.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
Temperatures are forecast to be in the high 20s across London this weekend (Image: BBC)

Dry and sunny for central regions and for much of Finland. Far northern portions of Norway, Sweden and Finland are breezy with scattered outbreaks of rain.

On August 18

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain over northern parts of Spain and Portugal though these fade through the day. Dry, hot and sunny to the south. Mostly dry and sunny for Italy though scattered thunderstorms develop over the Alps later.

Largely dry, warm and sunny for Greece and Turkey too though isolated afternoon showers develop over Greece.

uk and europe weather forecast latest august 18 autumnal weather as storm kyle battles the uk
Photo: Weather Online.

Scattered light showers affect much of France and the Low Countries though the far south of France stays dry and bright. Heavier showers develop over Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, some of which will be locally quite heavy and thundery.

Cloudy with a band of rain spreading north over Denmark on Tuesday. Mostly dry and sunny for the Baltic States though cloud builds later over Lithuania with isolated showers here too.

Mostly dry and fine for Norway, Sweden and Finland though localised showers could develop over central portions of Norway and Sweden through the afternoon.

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