Bristol weather: Met Office issues thunderstorm alert, forecast and could Bristol Airport flights be affected?

The days of basking in record-high temperatures in Bristol have come to an end as the Met Office has issued a warning for thunderstorms that is in place today.

Weather in Bristol has been very summery recently, with the city experiencing record-high temperatures as a result of a scorching heatwave.

This led to the Met Office issuing the South Western city with an amber alert for extreme heat, with Bristol at one time being as hot as 36℃.

Bristolians were grasping for ways to cool down and beat the heat, but it now seems the good weather of summer has already come to a bitter end.

Weather experts have issued a weather warning on the city at some point this week as miserable conditions are set to arrive; here is everything you need to know.

What is the weather warning?

Weather experts at the Met Office have issued parts of the United Kingdom with a yellow warning for thunderstorms.

It covers a large area of South England, including regions such as Portsmouth, Exeter and Bristol.

The warning also extends out to most of South and mid Wales, including the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

How long is the Met Office warning in place for?

The weather warning has been issued over a 12-hour period on Friday, 22 July 2022.

It commences from 10 am in the morning and comes to a conclusion at 10 pm in the night.

What should you expect?

The Met Office has warned Bristolians to expect that ‘a few places will see slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms during Friday’.

Experts have said to also expect the following:

  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

What time will the thunderstorm arrive in Bristol?

As per an official weather forecast, the exact time that the thunderstorm will arrive in Bristol has been revealed.

Bristolians should expect the miserable weather conditions to hit the city at 12 pm noon on Friday, 22 July 2022.

The Met Office are expecting the storm to last a grand total of six hours, coming to a conclusion at around 6 pm in the evening.

What is the weather forecast in Bristol for the rest of this week?

Despite the fact that the start of this week saw the arrival of record-high temperatures as a result of a hot-tempered heatwave, the rest of this week is looking like Bristol weather is back to normal.

Temperatures will remain largely mild for the remaining four days, with an array of different weather conditions such as cloud, sunshine and a horrid thunderstorm.

Here is the Met Office weather forecast for the rest of this week, commencing from Thursday, 21 July 2022:

  • Thursday, 21 July: Cloudy skies all day with dry conditions (23℃)
  • Friday, 22 July: Heavy thunderstorms with sunny intervals (21℃)
  • Saturday, 23 July: Sunny start to the day, cloudy and dry to end (24℃)
  • Sunday, 24 July: Cloudy for most of the day, sunny by evening (24℃)

What is the long-range weather forecast for the UK?

The Met Office has issued the following long-range weather forecast in the UK for the period of Monday, 25 July until Wednesday, 3 August: “Outbreaks of rain across the north and west moving south eastwards across the UK on Monday, becoming lighter through the day, with the far southeast probably staying dry,” it reads.

“The rest of the week sees sunny spells and further showers, which are expected to be most frequent in the north and west at first.

“Light or moderate winds, but fresh or strong in the northwest. Temperatures are generally close to average but cooler in the north and very warm, perhaps hot, in the southeast.

“For the later part of the period, more settled conditions are likely to return for many, though a few showers are still possible.

“Temperatures likely above average, especially in the southeast where it may be very warm at times”.