Thunderstorms will bring downpours and flood risk to UK
Thunderstorms could bring lightning, hail and showers to parts of the UK this weekend, after wet and disappointing conditions for the start of August.
The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning until midnight on Friday, covering Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern England and as far as central Scotland.
A separate yellow thunderstorm warning was issued for the same areas from 4 a.m. to midnight Saturday, with heavy showers likely to disrupt movement and flooding in a few places.
Forecasters said some areas could be hit by 20 to 30mm of rain within an hour on Saturday after 40 to 60mm of rain fell in places on Friday.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘The reason is that low pressure is in charge of the UK weather at the moment – it’s a very slow low pressure area so it is not going anywhere fast.
“This leads to the bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms that you saw over the course of Friday, and we also saw some flooding in places.
“This will continue throughout the weekend, particularly in the northern half of the UK where the showers will be slow compared to the southern areas where it is a bit more windy.”
While there will be sunny spells amid the showers, temperatures should be cooler for this time of year, and should be in the teens to 20s.
Conditions on Sunday are expected to be similar, with more showers forecast for parts of central and northern UK, more weather warnings expected and temperatures peaking between 21 and 22 ° C.
Parts of southern England and Wales will be drier until later today, when heavy rain showers set in for the evening, forecasters say.
Sun and more heavy showers are forecast for Monday, but should subside for a drier and brighter Tuesday.