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.”