Storm warning as torrential downpours set to drench swaths of England and Wales
A thunderstorm warning was issued by the Met Office on Thursday for much of southern England and Wales. Forecasters have issued a yellow alert between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. with torrential downpours expected.
The Met Office said there was a small chance of homes and businesses being flooded as well as a small chance of the fast-flowing floodwaters being life-threatening. Flooding could also lead to road closures, with heavy traffic on roads already forecast around the UK due to rail strikes.
Large parts of Wales, including Cardiff and Swansea, will also be affected with mainly coastal areas escaping the worst conditions. Bad weather is expected to affect much of England, from the south coast to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds further north.
The Met Office alert said: “Thunderstorms are likely to erupt in some areas, particularly during the afternoon and early evening. While most places are likely to miss them, where thunderstorms occur occur, it is possible that in some places up to 40 mm of rain may fall in about an hour and 40 to 60 mm may fall in two or three hours.
“These torrential downpours may be accompanied by frequent lightning, while gusty winds and hail may also affect a few locations. The exact location of thunderstorms will be difficult to determine, so the alert area will be monitored and update if necessary.”
Forecaster Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, added: “Tomorrow begins with widespread sunny spells and temperatures are rising rapidly. However, during the afternoon showers are breaking out in southern and central counties. In the south, they could become strong and stormy.
“Friday is shaping up to be quite mixed. Showers push eastwards, but there should also be a reasonable amount of dry and sunny spells. Warmest in the east. On Saturday much of the UK could rain showers.Nevertheless, there should be a reasonable amount of dry spells too.Generally cooler than recently.
“Sunday brings a mix of sunny spells and rain showers. The driest conditions are likely to be in central and south-east England. Fairly cool.”
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