Heatwave may end today with thunderstorm

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The country has experienced its driest July since 1935 as temperature in most regions recording the least rainfall. Yellow alerts for thunderstorms are in place everywhere except the north of Scotland on Monday…reports Asian Lite News

The spell of extreme heatwave in the United Kingdom is expected to end on Monday as the weather office has made prediction about thunderstorms.

The Met Office has warned that these thunderstorms could bring flash floods and even spark wildfires. The country has experienced its driest July since 1935 as temperature in most regions recording the least rainfall. Yellow alerts for thunderstorms are in place everywhere except the north of Scotland on Monday.

The warning has been extended till Tuesday for all of England and Wales.

The Met Office said that extremely low rainfall has left large swathes of land in the UK parched, so the rain is likely to hit the ground and run off, like on concrete, which could lead to flash flooding.

According to BBC, Scotland and Northern Ireland recorded rain and lower temperature on Sunday. Today, other parts of England are expected to witness rain.

The sudden change in weather is due to alteration in air pressure, Dan Stroud, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Telegraph.

“We’ve had a number of days now where we’ve had clear, strong, clear skies and strong sunshine which has heated up the ground,” he said.

However, the downpour won’t bring relief from drought. “It will help a little but, really, it’s almost the wrong sort of rain,” Mr Stroud told the outlet. “What we’re likely to see is some heavy, intense downpours. With the ground baked so dry, it’s very difficult for the ground to actually absorb the water very quickly,” he added.

Drought was declared in as many as eight areas in England on Saturday.

The country has witnessed extremely high temperature in recent months, with the mercury crossing the 40 degrees Celsius-mark for the first time during the July heatwave.

The hot weather has also caused wildfires around England, from the North York Moors National Park to Dorset on the south coast.

Churches offer refuge from heatwave

With another heatwave hitting Britain this weekend, churches around the country are offering their large, stone buildings as a sanctuary for people seeking refuge from the unbearable temperatures.

In London, Rev John MacKenzie, vicar of St Luke’s Church, West Holloway, is offering respite for those seeking to escape overheating homes.

He said: “Throughout history, churches have been places of sanctuary so it’s fitting that our nice, cool buildings are a source of refuge for people trying to avoid the heat.

“Whether it’s running food banks or offering a night shelter for the homeless, churches are often trying to help the local community so as we have these large, stone buildings it makes sense to open them up for the public to use. We’ve been providing iced drinks and free wifi for people that need to escape high rise flats or other places that get too hot during the day. These heatwaves just show the danger we face from climate change and is a reminder to the next Prime Minister that they need to make action on climate change a top priority.”

Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Advisor, Mary Friel, said: “Climate change is supercharging heatwaves and extreme weather events around the world, including in the UK. It’s particularly bad right now in East Africa, where the worst drought in 40 years is putting millions of people on the brink of famine. This growing extreme weather needs to be a wake-up call for our politicians. People are losing their lives and livelihoods. Scientists have already warned this is the critical decade for climate action to keep global temperatures below 1.5C. Unless leaders act faster on climate change then we can expect the situation to only get worse. What makes climate change so unjust is that those suffering the most have done the least to cause it. That’s why support needs to urgently reach people on the front line of the climate crisis, and we must redouble efforts at home to transition to net-zero as fast as possible.”

Earlier this summer, Christian Aid published a report, Scorched Earth, which looks at how climate change and drought is affecting 10 global cities, including London.

The report cites Environment Agency CEO, James Bevan, who warns that within 25 years London and the South East of England could run out of water. The cost of a severe drought to London’s economy is estimated by Thames Water to be 330m pounds per day, and would have severe economic, social and environmental consequences.

The situation in East Africa has got so bad that Christian Aid has launched an appeal which will help repair wells, truck water to drought hit areas and provide food and water purification kits.

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