UK weather forecast: Brits hit by heavy rain, “relentless” gales and threat of lightning

UK weather forecast: Brits hit by heavy rain, “relentless” gales and threat of lightning

 

Brits are waking up to heavy rain, “relentless” winds and the risk of thunder and lightning later as the washout week continues.

The Met Office issued a 12-hour, yellow weather warning for rain and covering parts of England and Wales staring last night and it continues into Thursday. 

The downpours are expected to cause disruption for bus and train services this morning, with flooding on roads causing further problems for commuters.

Homes and businesses are also at risk of becoming water logged, the Met Office advisory states, with the bad weather stretching from Cardiff in the south to Manchester in the north.

Birmingham in the West Midlands and all of Wales are also affected by the miserable start to the day, with the warning in place until at least 9am today.

But even when the warning expires, there is a risk of thunder, lightning and nail in parts of the country this evening.

And while temperatures will peak at 17C in the south today they are expected to drop as low as 5C tonight with a cooling off over the weekend.

Speaking last night Met Office meteorologist Clair Nasir said: “Strong winds across the south, coastal gales across the Channel coast all courtesy of this area of low pressure which will track quite quickly across the country.

“Then we will see a north westerly wind feeding in showers and organised bands of rain as well.

“Eventually into the weekend, a cold northerly will set in with the risk of some showers.

“The winds will be relentless overnight (Wednesday into Thursday), coming in from the south west and some high waves associated with it.

“Rivers are already swollen and we’ve seen land saturated from the last batch of rain in the last 24 hours and this could lead to some more localised flooding.”

By lunchtime, the showery bursts of rain will have moved to Lincolnshire and east Yorkshire with more dramatic weather on the cards from around 3pm and intro Friday.

Ms Nasir continued: “We will see some showers here which could turn heavy with the risk of thunder, hail and lightning.

“On Friday this showery burst of rain will slowly move into the south east.

“A rash of showers towards the north with blustery breeze. Temperatures will be 10C to 15C but it’s turning a lot cooler through the weekend. “

Early cloud and rain, heavy at times, over England and Wales clearing eastwards, finally clearing far southeast England this afternoon. Sunny spells follow, but also some showers, these mainly in the north where heavy at times. Breezy.

Cloud and showery rain, heavy at times, developing over parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland this evening then moving into northern England and north Wales later. Colder than last night.

Early cloud and showery rain, heavy at times, over northern England and north Wales moving southwards into southern England later. Sunny spells and showers following. Chilly and breezy.

Sunny spells for most over the weekend but with some showers in places. Cloudier on Monday with a band of rain moving southeast. Often breezy and feeling cold.

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