On Monday, severe thunderstorms brought torrential downpours and flooding to sections of the United Kingdom. After sudden flooding in north-west London, vehicles were spotted driving through deep puddles.
Sources reported that some aircraft departing Gatwick Airport were delayed due to "air traffic control delays caused by thunderstorms." In the meantime, lightning caused a thirty-minute delay in the celebratory parade that was held to celebrate Manchester City's Triple Crown victory. Monday's official weather warnings have expired, but Northern Ireland and Scotland are currently under two storm warnings for Tuesday.
The yellow warnings, which indicate that the storms may cause some disruption, will be in effect from 12:00 BST to 21:00 BST for a large portion of the Northern Ireland and western Scotland.
According to the sources, there were a series of thunderstorms in the Midlands on Monday afternoon, which resulted in 26.4 millimeters of rain falling in one hour in Woburn, which is located in Bedfordshire. Tuesday will be drier and more tranquil, with abundant sunshine, according to forecasts. Clouds and isolated precipitation are possible in the afternoon, primarily in western regions. Later in the week, humidity levels are expected to decrease.
It can be challenging to determine whether a particular weather event was caused by climate change, but we do know that the earth's temperature is rising due to human activity, which is increasing both the frequency and intensity of extreme weather.
In the Scottish Highlands, on the western shore of Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit received 32.4mm of precipitation in one hour, followed by 10.6mm in the next hour. Threave in Dumfries and Galloway experienced the warmest day of the year so far, with a temperature of 30.1C. Approximately 7,500 lightning strikes were observed in the United States, with more expected.
Tens of thousands of Manchester City supporters packed the streets of the city in preparation for the open-top procession celebrating the club's Treble, despite the fact that the event was delayed due to inclement weather. Many of the club's players, including star striker Erling Haaland, were unfazed by the downpour as they paraded their trophies around the city without their shirts on.
As a result of "localized flooding," the emergency department of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire is only accepting patients with life-threatening conditions. In the heart of Stroud, Gloucestershire, heavy rain also caused sudden flooding. London Heathrow also reported a number of flight cancellations.
In addition, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued an amber alert for scorching weather until Tuesday at 9:00 BST in the West Midlands, East Midlands, east of England, South East, and South West.
This indicates that elevated temperatures could affect people of all ages and the healthcare system. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has also issued a high air pollution alert for Tuesday, the second of the year, due to high temperatures and European pollution. He urged individuals to walk, bicycle, or utilize public transportation in lieu of making unnecessary auto trips.