The heatwave that has left England sweltering is due to collapse with torrential rain on its way, warns the Met Office.

The country has seen a week of amber warnings, the first time it has been used, as the mercury has peaked at over 30degrees across the UK.

But by the weekend this will be replaced with heavy rain and possible thunderstorms, prompting an altogether different warning from the weather monitoring body.

The heavy rain and thundery showers expected may lead to flooding and transport disruption, prompting the alert.


The warning is in place from Saturday morning to Sunday night.

A Met Office spokesman said: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

"Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services"

What to watch out for

  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads
  • There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

Despite the concerns, many may see the break in the weather as a welcome releif after the high temperatures seen this week.

From Thursday to Saturday, temperatures will start to drop fast from around 31 degrees to around 22degrees.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to move from the south through the country.