Met Office weather warnings: 'Intense thunderstorms' and torrential rain spark flood fears

The hot weather will take a turn today when thunderstorms hit the UK, dampening the scorching 33C highs of this week. Now the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain for Saturday, on top of thunderstorm warnings already in place.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 9am on Saturday until 10pm the same day, with heavy showers and rain potentially leading to flooding.

The Met Office warns: “Although intense thunderstorms become less likely for most areas across Scotland and Northern Ireland, heavy showers and more prolonged rain will continue at times, still with the possibility of thunder.

“These may bring 10 to 20 mm per hour for some places during Saturday, with perhaps 30 to 40 mm over a few hours. The ground is getting wetter now, so this may cause a few issues.”

This warning is for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands and Eileen Siar, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

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There are further yellow weather warnings in place for the UK for thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday following the days of hot weather of late.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “Although many areas will enjoy dry and sunny weather over the next few days, the high temperatures will trigger thunderstorms which may cause flooding and disruption in a few places.

“On Thursday thunderstorms could break out over Wales and Scotland from late afternoon and then across southwest England and Northern Ireland later in the evening. 

“On Friday thunderstorms could break out more widely across Scotland, England and Wales.

“Where thunderstorms do occur, they will develop quickly with intense rainfall of 30 to 50 mm in just a few hours with lightning an additional hazard. 

“As such, we’re urging people to continue to check the forecast and app for updates over the next few days.”


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