Britain’s heatwave over as Storm Kyle batters country and wrecks staycations

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Britain is set to be battered by tropical storm Kyle this week as the heatwave comes to an end.

Staycations will be wrecked by 55mph winds with the UK facing an “early autumn”.

Forecasters say thunderstorms will wreak havoc until tomorrow before there is a four-day buffeting from the 900-mile-wide tempest.

The Met Office warned of strong winds and heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, and wet and windy spells until the end of the month.

Autumn does not officially begin until September 1. But Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said “Remnants of tropical storms can get caught in the jet stream and bring premature autumnal weather to the UK.

“Computer models show tropical storm Kyle doing just this. It’s a big change in the weather.

"Thunderstorms are expected throughout today and as the week goes on there will be highs of 17C to 24C, a sharp drop from the record sixday 34C sizzler last week.

It was the longest “extreme heatwave” since Met Office records began in 1841.

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The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze warned: “It’s payback time after the heatwave.”

He added: “The storm will bring us back to reality, with a taste of early autumn seeing washouts for families on holidays, with gusts around 55mph in the west and up to 40mph in exposed parts of the south.”

Netweather forecaster Paul Michaelwaite said: “Energy from the remnants of tropical storm Kyle
will merge an unseasonably deep low approaching the UK from Wednesday, with effects felt right
through into next weekend.

“There will be strong winds, longer spells of
rain and heavy, blustery showers.”

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