Met Office yellow weather warning for UK - thunderstorms set to batter Britain following hottest day this year
The first warning comes into force today at 2pm covering a large secion of England and Wales, reaching as far north as Manchester and Hull, down to more southern areas including Oxford and Bath. The stormy conditions are likely to stick around until around 9pm this evening.
A second weather warning affecting northern England and Scotland is also in place between 2pm and midnight on Sunday (September 10) when more thunderstorms are expected to sweep the country.
A spokesperson for the national weather service said: “A few heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible, perhaps leading to some disruption.”
This comes after the temperature today could see the record for hottest day of the year be broken for the second time in just three days, eclipsing the 32.6C recorded in Surrey on Thursday (September 7).
Thursday was provisionally the hottest day of the year so far, with 32.6C the forecaster said. The previous highest temperature for the year was set in June at 32.2C, with July and August being comparitively mild.
Thunderstorms weather warning - what to expect
The Met Office also outlined what people can expect from a yellow weather warning for a thunderstorm, saying there is a chance of the following issues arising:
- Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
- There is a slight chance power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
- There is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds