Storms cause havoc after July’s heatwave for parts of the UK. With this in mind, the Met Office have launched ‘ClaimCheck’ to assist Insurers with claims resulting from flooding and other severe weather.
This July’s heatwave was a welcome break for many from the unsettled weather we’ve experienced over the last few years. The recent heatwave broke on 22 July with thunderstorms and some very heavy downpours. These storms produced some of the wettest days during the month with many locations having above average rainfall.
The wettest day in July was in Cumbria, when 79.8mm of rain fell at Carlisle on 28 July (97.4mm on a 48 hour rainfall total between 0900 GMT 27 July to GMT 29 July 2013).
The end of the hot weather saw heavy downpours and in some instances intense thunderstorms over a short period of time. This has led to some areas falling victim to flash flooding and many properties being damaged by lightning strikes.
Sadly, many people have been severely affected by this latest period of stormy weather. Now the focus is on the clear up and gaining help from Insurers towards repairing the damage in the aftermath of the storms.
Claim Check uses over 10 million observations from land, sea and air-based sources to give details at an in-depth local level, at a resolution of 2km across the whole of the UK, mapped to individual postcode areas.
It is updated hourly, 365 days a year, so ClaimCheck provides an unrivalled level of accuracy in its reporting of up to the minute, site-specific data.
The Met Office can provide an evidence-based weather summary to Insurers, which verifies the weather conditions on a particular day and hour, giving you peace of mind that your claim will be resolved as quickly as possible.