Met Office warning: Thunderstorm alert issued as flooding and power loss expected

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The thunderstorm is expected to affect the East Midlands, London and South East England, and the East of England, according to the forecasters, and could cause disruption as well as damage to buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

The Met Office said there is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

Disruptions in public transport including delays to train services are also possible, while some short-term loss of power and other services is likely.

Lightning strikes could damage buildings and structures, while some flooding of a few homes and businesses, leading to some damage to buildings or structures is also likely, according to the national weather service.

Specifically, the thunderstorms could affect the following areas: Lincolnshire, Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock, Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Slough, Surrey, West Sussex, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.

Meteorologists have warned of the risk of ‘flash-flooding” as areas across the UK are set to see heavy and thundery rain this week.

The thunderstorm warnings come after several weeks of summery weather with high temperatures and consecutive heatwaves that caused drought in parts of the country.

Heavy rain has the potential to cause flooding, especially since the dry and parched land cannot absorb rainwater as fast as it would under different weather conditions, experts have warned.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud told earlier this week: “We have a band of clouds bringing heavy bursts of rain across parts of Manchester and the North Midlands.

“By the time we get to midweek we are expecting rainy clouds moving from southwest to a northeast direction, across southwest Britain, North Wales, up through the northern portion of England and into Scotland, and then that band to gently push south and eastward during the course of a Wednesday afternoon and evening, Thursday and Friday.”

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Mr Stroud added: “There is the potential of some heavier bursts and when we see those falling on dry ground, then there might be some sort of limited surface water impacts.”

However, closer to the bank holiday weekend, forecasts show the weather improving.

The Netweather forecast reads: “The UK continues with its Atlantic flow and mess of weather fronts with low pressure nearby.

“As the weekend starts, high pressure begins to build in from the southwest. That would often bring hope of more settled, steady conditions with dry weather.

“However, weather fronts are still managing to work their way over parts of the UK at the weekend with some showery outbreaks on Saturday and more persistent rain for western then northern Scotland on Sunday.

“Today we will see heavier pulses of rain moving up from the southwest this afternoon and then over Wales and the Midlands towards the North Sea through the evening.

“Overnight a scattering of sharp, even thundery showers for East Anglia and through the English Channel before another larger cluster of heavy showers and rain reaches up to SE England.

“Through Thursday morning rush hour there could be clusters of heavy, thundery downpours, surface water and spray with poor visibility as this pulse pushes up through East Anglia. The area is crying out for rain.”

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