More storms forecast for the weekend

By a County Press reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014

 

More storms forecast for the weekend

Storms over the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Jamie Russell/Island Visions.

UPDATED 18:15*

FORECASTERS are predicting a weekend of storms, sunshine and warm weather for the Isle of Wight.

The Met Office has upgraded a weather warning, covering the Isle of Wight, to amber, for tomorrow (Saturday).

It said: "Several areas of heavy, thundery showers will develop over England and Wales from Friday night before moving northwards during Saturday.

"Not everywhere within the warning area will see thunderstorms, and indeed some spells of warm sunshine are expected at times, but where thunderstorms do form, some torrential downpours are likely with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.

"Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses."

Island Visions photographer and forecaster Jamie Russell, of local forecasting website IOW Weather, said Islanders could expect a hot day today, with potential showers and storms overnight, which could lead to some flash flooding.

Tomorrow (Saturday) heavy thundery rain and showers should clear by *lunchtime leaving warm, humid and fairly cloudy conditions, he said.

"The sun may break through during the afternoon with just a small risk of a shower and it will feel very warm with temperatures reaching around 24'c to 26'c and light south westerly winds," he said.

For Sunday, Jamie forecast warm and humid conditions, with the risk of the odd thundery shower.

"There should be some sunny spells at times though and this will bring the temperatures up to around 24'c to 26'c in a breezy westerly wind," he said.

He warned that temperatures looked set to rise next week, reaching close to 30'c at times, lasting until next weekend.

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