Met Office warning: Lightning storm to smash UK with hail and heavy rain in HOURS – maps

UK Weather: Met Office forecast rain and cloud

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning on Tuesday as some areas of the UK will be hit with adverse weather patterns. The Met Office warning read: “An area of thunderstorms will move northwards into southwestern parts of the UK on Wednesday morning.” The Met Office says predominantly parts of south west England and Wales will be affected, while the rest of the country expects to see the warm weather continue. 

The Met Office warning continues: “Lightning is likely to be the main hazard from this though some heavy rain and hail is possible, with perhaps 15 to 20mm of rain in a short period for some spots. 

“The nature of thunderstorms is that many areas will see little or no rain and miss the lightning but where they do occur, the increased numbers of people makes disruption more likely.”

In terms of what to expect, the Met Office says some short term loss of power and other services is likely, while there’s a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hailstones, leading to longer journey times by car and bus. 

Damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes is also probably, while some flooding of a few homes could lead to some structural damage as well. 

Regions and local authorities affected: 

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Isles of Scilly 
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset
  • Torbay
  • Carmarthenshire, Wales 
  • Pembrokeshire, Wales 
  • Swansea, Wales 

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