Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

UK weather: Thunderstorms to ravage Britain as Met Office issues new yellow warnings | Weather | News


Three weather warnings are in force in the UK, with the thunderstorm alert issued just before 3pm from Cornwall to the top of East Anglia. Warnings for rain cover Cumbria and Lancashire and another is in place across southern Scotland and northern England.

The thunderstorm warning says: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms producing flooding and disruption in a few places.

“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.

“Possibly some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

“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.

“Delays to train services are possible.

“Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.”

The rain warnings are in place until midnight and the thunderstorm alert ends at 8pm.

Police in Cumbria urged drivers to take extra care in the weather conditions and only drive if necessary today.

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It comes after weather warnings were issued across most of the country on Friday and Saturday, with the UK struck by heavy rain and strong winds.

The conditions led to major events being cancelled, including Boardmasters festival in Cornwall.

More than 70mm of rain fell in Cumbria yesterday, with the wettest area Spadeadam which saw 71.4mm pour down.

Further south the country was battered by heavy winds, causing disruption across the transport network due to flooding and hazards including trees blown on to roads and train tracks.

Crossings between Dover and Calais were also delayed by five to six hours.

The fastest wind speeds were recorded in Wales as gusts reached 64mph in Mumbles Head on Saturday morning.

In Aberdaron, 58mph was recorded and speeds reached 56mph at Pembrey Sands.

And it does not look like the heatwave the UK basked in during July will return anytime soon.

Looking ahead to the next week, meteorologist Helen Roberts said: “It does look like remaining unsettled and changeable right through most of the next seven days.”



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