It was good while it lasted: Heatwave comes to an end just in time for the …

July’s  heatwave is now thought to have officially ended – just as school breaks up for the summer holidays.

The 19-day run of temperatures exceeding the 28C mark today, meaning the chance of beating the record for the hottest month since 2006 was missed.

A high of 27.2C was recorded at Norwich Airport today, while the maximum temperatures in Wales was even lower.

The highest recorded temperature in the UK exceeded 28C for 19 consecutive days this month and reached 30C for seven consecutive days between July 13 and 19.

The country’s hottest spot was at Heathrow and Northolt, where the thermometer struck 33.5C.

Weather experts have warned that parts of the UK now face a chance of flooding which could cause travel disruption for the many holidaymakers preparing for the weekend getaway.

In Wales, the worst of the weather is expected to hit the north of the country where some heavy bursts are likely.

The Met Office said it is expected to be a dry and bright day for most of Wales tomorrow with lengthy warm sunny spells.

A scattering of showers may develop during the afternoon which will die out during the evening.

The Met Office said the weather in Wales will remain unsettled over the weekend  with sunny periods and showers each day and the showers becoming heavy and thundery in places but it will feel warm in the sunny periods between the showers.

Rachel Vince, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said the South East of England and East Anglia would be worst hit by torrential downpours, with popular holiday destinations in the South West also at risk.

She said the public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to travel due to surface water flooding.

She said: “On Saturday, pretty much the whole country will have a fine start with spells of sunshine.

“But, after a pleasant morning, thunderstorms moving in from the Continent will affect south-east England and the Midlands by mid-afternoon. We could see a repeat of the thunder and lightning seen recently.

“By Sunday, the south-east corner of England is at risk of torrential downpours and localised flooding. The South West is also in that risk of thunderstorms.”

But temperatures will remain warm for most of the country.

The Met Office issued a ‘yellow’ warning of rain following concerns that heavy showers and thunderstorms expected over France on Saturday could move north to affect south-east England and East Anglia.

It said: “The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to travel due to surface water flooding.

“The start time of this warning has been brought forward to cater for the risk of localised disruption associated with the heavy overnight rain moving north across parts of Northern Ireland, north-west England and south-west Scotland.”

The Environment Agency (EA) had seven flood alerts in place last night in areas where flooding is possible, including Wales, the South West, the Midlands and East Anglia.

In Wales, there were two flood alerts on the Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire and the Usk Estuary.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/heatwave-comes-end-just-time-5324675