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Sunday 26th May 2019

Britain braced for storms and flash flooding as Easter sunshine disappears

60mph gales are on the way too

After a long weekend of glorious sunshine, Britain has been braced for storms and 60mph gales.

Tuesday will be the last day of sunny and dry weather before storms make their way across the country, which could cause flash floods and 1.5in of rain in just 24 hours.

According to the Met Office, the storms will arrive on Wednesday and temperatures are expected to fall as low as 11C.

Read more: Easter Monday scorcher may break records as temperatures set to soar to 26C

Forecaster Sophie Yeomans told The Sun: "We're keeping warnings under close review, with localised surface water flooding possible as 20-40mm (1.5in) of rain falls in 24 hours.

"Thundery downpours are likely for Scotland on Wednesday night and through Thursday. Tuesday is forecast 21C - but it's a very different picture by the weekend, with the risk of heavy rain and gales with 50-60mph gusts.

"The windiest conditions are likely to be in the North-West of the UK. But blustery conditions are expected for other parts, dependent on the low pressure track."

The Met Office also warned of thundery downpours moving south-to-north on Wednesday.

Britain has been braced for storms and 60mph gales (Credit: Pexels)

On the official website, the forecast said: "Thundery rain clearing north Thursday, with heavy, thundery showers following.

Thundery rain clearing north Thursday, with heavy, thundery showers following.

"Further heavy and thundery showers Friday. Possibly a spell of wet and windy weather arriving in the west on Saturday."

On Easter Monday, temperatures hit a sweltering 27C in some parts of the country.

Saturday (April 20) was named the warmest day of the year so far when the mercury hit 25.5C in Gosport, Hampshire.

Read more: Thunderstorms forecast after Easter weekend scorcher

And the hot temperatures continued on Easter Sunday as millions flocked to beaches and parks to soak up the sun.

Temperatures reached 25C in Wisley, Sussex, on Sunday, while it reached 23C in Trawsgoed, Wales, 22.8C in Edinburgh, Scotland, and 20.7C in Helen’s Bay, Northern Ireland.

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