UK to be hit with thunderstorms and flooding as Met Office issues yellow weather warnings

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across numerous places in the UK, as heavy rain is set to hit (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across numerous places in the UK, as heavy rain is set to hit.

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The weather warning is in place from 12pm until 9pm on Thursday, with the Met Office warning stating “Slow moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may lead to disruption due to flooding.”

Where is the warning in place?

The warning is in place for East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, South West England, Wales and West Midlands.

How much rain will fall?

Heavy showers and thunderstorms may develop across southern England on Thursday, which could be slow-moving, giving some locally torrential downpours.

The Met Office explains, "In some places 20 to 25 mm of rain could fall in an hour with the potential for 30 to 40 mm in 2 or 3 hours in a few spots. Lightning could be an additional hazard."

What to expect from this yellow weather warning:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life and there is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

What will the weather be like for the rest of the week?

Friday (19 June) will see a mixture of cloud and bright or sunny spells across the UK, but there will also be a few showers, though not as heavy as during the last few days.

The Met Office outlook for Saturday (20 June) to Sunday (22 June) forecasts, “Sunny spells on Saturday with a few showers in the east. Overnight wind and rain clearing east on Sunday with showers following. Further rain possible in the west on Monday.”

Long-term forecast

Looking further ahead, towards the 30 June, it is likely to be a changeable start to this period, with showers or some longer spells of rain, particularly for northwestern areas. It may also be windy for this region at times.

Eastern and southern areas should have the driest and brightest conditions.

The Met Office adds that, “there are signs of a more settled, dry spell becoming established for many parts during the early to middle part of next week.

“It will probably become generally warm, perhaps very warm in places, more especially for southeastern areas.”