Met Office predicts extreme weather from heatwaves to heavy rain

The Met Office has warned more extreme weather including heatwaves and torrential rain could hit Britain in the future.

Over the past month, Merseyside has been hit by thunderstorms as temperatures reached 29C.

Streets in the region were flooded causing travel chaos while local beaches were packed with day trippers soaking up the sunshine.

But as the number of warm days globally, the Met Office suggests extreme weather events are likely to rise.

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Grahame Madge of the Met Office said: "As the planet warms, the intensity, frequency and duration of extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall is expected to increase.

"Corresponding decreases in cool weather events along with changes to dry spells are also expected."

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And Dr Robert Dunn added: “Looking at the changing climate by studying the frequency of extreme weather events provides a different perspective on climate change, complementing other metrics such as annual average temperature rise.

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"It is extreme weather events which make the impacts of climate change real for people, and these events also present the greatest shocks to human health and well-being, financial economies and of course, the biosphere."

In Merseyside temperatures are expected to climb up to 15C on Saturday, July 11.

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The Met Office predict it will remain dry all day, with repeated sunny intervals – a far cry from the wet weather throughout the week.

The lowest expected temperature, according to the Met Office, will be 12C.

Friday is expected to kick-start the warmer weather and is due to look brighter with some sunny spells – though a few showers will persist.

Mainly dry and sunny spells are expected for the whole weekend which will also gradually become warmer.