A thunderstorm warning is in place for part of the UK, starting at 6pm this evening and ending at 9pm on Wednesday evening. The Met Office warns thunderstorms could develop and bring torrential rain, hail and lightning to some areas. There is the potential for travel to be disrupted and flooding caused.
The Met Office warned: “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.
“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.”
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Met Office meteorologist Craig Snells told Express.co.uk: “Thunderstorms are expected to develop across the day today, as early as this morning with rumbles of thunder.
“However the bulk is expected to occur during the warning period from 6pm tonight until 9pm tomorrow.
“There will be several episodes of thunderstorms, which will wax and wane, and may be accompanied by 15-50 mm of rain in some areas, which after last weeks weather could cause localised flooding.
“It is localised flooding which is the main concern, especially after the heavy rain last week.
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“For some areas, the ground will be saturated, which could cause localised flooding and potentially hazardous driving conditions.
“Thunderstorms today could merge into a prolonged band of heavy rain will spread this evening over the south of England.”
As well as rain and thunder, hail, lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.
The areas the Met Office has issued thunderstorm warnings for are:
- East Midlands
- East of England
- London & South East England
- South West England
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire & Humber
Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 6/4 (from 4/1) on this year’s Royal Ascot being the wettest on record as torrential rain is set to fall on the Berkshire Racecourse over the next couple of days.
The firm is offering 10-11 that this month ends as the wettest ever June in the UK while looking further ahead, it is 20-1 for rain to fall on every day of Wimbledon this year.
Coral spokesman John Hill said: “It’s going to be a very damp start to Royal Ascot this year which is going to make it a challenge for those looking to impress on the fashion front.
“With so much rain forecast to fall, we have the slashed the odds on this being the wettest ever staging of the Royal meeting.”