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Met Office warnings EXTENDED – Whole of UK under alert as lightning storms smash Britain

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The Met Office has issued several warnings for thunderstorms and torrential rain as the UK says farewell to the brief sunny stint which started September. The UK saw highs of 30.3C on Wednesday before fierce storms swept the country. In place across Thursday and Friday, weather warnings span nearly the entire UK, warning of “intense showers and thunderstorms” and slow-moving rain storms.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said on Wednesday: “It is coming to an end. The breakdown is actually happening as we speak.

“Thunderstorms have moved over Devon this morning, and that formation is going to move north and east, so we’ll start to see batches of heavy rain and thunder, which will return us to more seasonal weather.

“By Saturday or Sunday, we’re looking towards regular temperatures in the 20s, back to normal. That’s about what we’d expect to see for early and mid-September.”

The Met Office extended its warnings to include the north of Scotland today, with a new rain warning issued into Friday.

Forecasters warn heavy showers and thunderstorms on Thursday have the potential to bring surface water flooding in a few places, and disruption to travel.

They write: “Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening.

“Whilst many areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are likely in a few places.

“Where these occur, there is potential for 20 to 30 mm of rain in less than an hour and up to 40 mm in two hours. This will have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area.”



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