Extreme weather alert! TWO warnings issued

Extreme forecast – Becky Conner on Shoebury beach

Extreme forecast – Becky Conner on Shoebury beach

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TEMPERATURES are set to soar...before a huge storm batters south Essex.

The Met Office has issued two severe weather warnings for the region.

Sun seekers will be able to bask in temperatures of up to 32 degrees celsius tomorrow, before the sunshine gives way to rain, hail, thunder and lightning.

A heatwave alert has been issued for the next few days, with the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases being urged to take care. A severe weather warning is in place for Saturday.

Tom Defty, from the Essex Weather Centre, said the warning is one of the “strongest” he has seen. He added: “It’s quite a dangerous situation. It is one of those big storms we haven’t seen for five or six years, and when it happens it will be quite a light show. It could also cause flooding.

“This is what every weather man dreams of. It’s going to be quite a spectacle.”

The storm is set to make its way over the English Channel from France on Friday evening, with the downpour set to begin late that night or in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Beaches and parks across south Essex are unlikely to be packed this weekend, as showers will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The development of heavy, thundery showers is uncertain, but where they do form, some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, large hail and locally strong gusts.

“Significant flooding is possible.

The frequent lightning, large hail and strong gusts could also be an additional hazard.”

Mike Gogarty, director of public health at Essex County Council, said: “While many residents enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“All residents should keep in mind the three principles – stay out of the heat, cool yourself down and keep your environment cool. I would also ask that people consider vulnerable people theymay care for or know and ensure they check on them regularly.”

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8:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh..
Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh.. sesibollox
  • Score: -14

12:09am Fri 18 Jul 14

pendulum says...

sesibollox wrote:
Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh..
The end is neigh, indeed... now I have a picture of a black horse holding a scythe...
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh..[/p][/quote]The end is neigh, indeed... now I have a picture of a black horse holding a scythe... pendulum
  • Score: 19

8:57am Fri 18 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

lets hope the storm hits sooner today, the heavier the better, to clear the beaches and thereby the day trippers cars from the side streets around westcliff.......
lets hope the storm hits sooner today, the heavier the better, to clear the beaches and thereby the day trippers cars from the side streets around westcliff....... pembury53
  • Score: -7

10:59am Fri 18 Jul 14

Rachie says...

The storm overnight was fantastic :) I wonder if another is expected or the Met Office were too generous with their time frame?
The storm overnight was fantastic :) I wonder if another is expected or the Met Office were too generous with their time frame? Rachie
  • Score: 7

11:07am Fri 18 Jul 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

pendulum wrote:
sesibollox wrote:
Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh..
The end is neigh, indeed... now I have a picture of a black horse holding a scythe...
Isn't it Death that has the scythe and rides a pale horse?.
Famine has a black horse and holds a pair of scales.
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Hail stones the size of tennis balls, all part of the climatic change, the end is neigh..[/p][/quote]The end is neigh, indeed... now I have a picture of a black horse holding a scythe...[/p][/quote]Isn't it Death that has the scythe and rides a pale horse?. Famine has a black horse and holds a pair of scales. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 0

11:11am Fri 18 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Snow on Monday.....
Snow on Monday..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Fri 18 Jul 14

The Macduffian says...

At least it will wash the dogs mess off the pavements
At least it will wash the dogs mess off the pavements The Macduffian
  • Score: 6

1:57pm Fri 18 Jul 14

emcee says...

Good. 30+ degrees and the odd thunderstorm. Proper summer weather of our childhood.
Shame it is not warm all year round. People need to start revving those enginnes more and keep cows on their lawns. We should be eating our Christmas Dinners on the patio.
:o)
Good. 30+ degrees and the odd thunderstorm. Proper summer weather of our childhood. Shame it is not warm all year round. People need to start revving those enginnes more and keep cows on their lawns. We should be eating our Christmas Dinners on the patio. :o) emcee
  • Score: 9

1:59pm Fri 18 Jul 14

emcee says...

The Macduffian wrote:
At least it will wash the dogs mess off the pavements
The heat will crisp them up, first, making them easier to float away.
[quote][p][bold]The Macduffian[/bold] wrote: At least it will wash the dogs mess off the pavements[/p][/quote]The heat will crisp them up, first, making them easier to float away. emcee
  • Score: 3

2:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

ECC, please have the sense to announce NOW that the streetlights will remain on this weekend in the interests of safety.

There are many more people around after midnight (especially on a weekend) than you would ever imagine.

Did you see what it was like this morning at 3.30am? There is much more of the same on the way.

You have no excuses ECC, you have had the warnings. Act now or be held responsible when it all hits the fan.
ECC, please have the sense to announce NOW that the streetlights will remain on this weekend in the interests of safety. There are many more people around after midnight (especially on a weekend) than you would ever imagine. Did you see what it was like this morning at 3.30am? There is much more of the same on the way. You have no excuses ECC, you have had the warnings. Act now or be held responsible when it all hits the fan. Touch79
  • Score: -7

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