Scotland set for the stormy side of UK heatwave

THE heatwave is set to continue across the UK, but Scotland will see thunderstorms and showers before any brighter spells.

Scotland will see thunderstorms until around Wednesday when the outlook brightens again. Picture: Ian Rutherford

The stunning summer sun is due to return to the UK later this week but until then the weather is likely to be a tale of two halves - of the country at least.

Heavy rain and storms are likely in much of Scotland, the North and West of England and Wales until around Wednesday when the outlook brightens again, according to MeteoGroup forecaster John Griffiths.

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Mr Griffiths said: “There is quite a big split over the country. In the South East and south coast there will be some patchy rain but some good sunny spells and it will be mainly dry.

“There is a big band of showery rain pushing north-west from Ireland during the day today and covering northern parts of Cornwall and Wales. It should reach Scotland by the afternoon.”

Lightning could strike parts of Scotland again tomorrow, he added, following the widespread thunderstorms over the weekend.

The temperature dial has been turned down for a few more days yet as forecasters predicted that the warm, dry weather will continue in the South and South East England, broken up by some patchy showers

But forecasters have said it will remain warm despite the wet weather, with temperatures of 22C (71.6F) in the South East and London and 20C (68F) in Scotland today.

A large band of rain is to sweep north-west across the country before being replaced by warmer weather by Thursday and Friday, with highs of 26C (78.8F) in London and bright spells everywhere else.

The country has basked in some of the hottest July temperatures for a decade in recent days and Britons have been taking advantage of the welcome sunshine.

However, the warm weather has also brought severe and dangerous conditions.

Two people died after they were hit by lightning while out walking as summer thunderstorms battered Britain.

Another two people were taken to hospital following the electrical storms which hit the Brecon Beacons at the weekend.

The two people died in two separate lightning strikes, according to a statement from the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Another person who suffered burns has been transferred to Morriston Hospital while the other casualty continues to receive treatment at Prince Charles Hospital.