UK weather forecast – Met Office warns ‘severe’ thunder, torrential rain and hail may spark flooding and power cuts across England and Wales this weekend


HAIL, flooding and bolts of lightning could damage homes and businesses this weekend as thunderstorms drench the UK in torrential rain, forecasters have warned.

Power cuts may also leave Brits in the dark, the Met Office said after issuing a Yellow weather warning for most of England.

Thunderstorms will rock the nation over at the end of the weekend according to the Met Office

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Water could quickly flood homes following torrential downpours and thunderstorms[/caption]

Rising temperatures coupled with low pressure may create “massive cumulonimbus clouds” as a plume of “very warm air” imports from Europe.

The storms are set to arrive on Sunday and following two days of dry and sunny spells tomorrow and on Saturday.

Issuing the yellow warning on its website, the Met Office said: “Thunderstorms may develop bringing torrential rain and lightning, with possible flooding and disruption to travel.”

It added that homes and businesses could be “flooded quickly”, with damage to some buildings from “floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds”.

There is also the danger of power cuts leaving many without electricity, as well as spray on the roads that could cause traffic chaos.


This week heavy rain caused flooding mayhem across South, East and Central parts of England.

It came after up to 600 people were evacuated after “unprecedented” downpours saw double the monthly rainfall in just three days at Wainfleet, Lincs.

Rescue workers in the flood-hit town pumped out enough water to fill 225 Olympic swimming pools yesterday.

Helen Roberts, the Met Office’s Senior Meteorologist, told The Sun Online: “Saturday will be largely a dry day with some sunshine.

“But Sunday is where we start to see a change coming…

“An area of low pressure is due to come in from the Atlantic and that will bring increasing cloud across the country during the day.

“Later in the day on Sunday we will start to see thundery showers develop.”

The frequent and heavy showers bring a risk of “damage from intense local downpours”, she added. “A risk of lighting is there too especially with thunderstorms.”

Ms Roberts warned: “There will certainly be flooding – lots of localised flooding, which means some villages could be dry while neighbouring villages are completely saturated in heavy downpours.

“That’s definitely going to be an issue.

“These conditions are specifically dangerous for drivers who may be driving down a road at some speed in clear conditions and then all of a sudden they’re in a heavy downpour.

“At the moment we have a broad warning area covering pretty much all of England because there’s a lot of uncertainty about where will be worst affected.”

A weekend weather map shows a thunderstorm looming over England and Wales
Friday and Saturday are set to be sunny before rains arrive on Sunday

A man walks through floodwater in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
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A man walks through floodwater in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire[/caption]

Residents try to visit their flood damaged homes in the village of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
Residents try to visit their flood damaged homes in the village of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
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A house surrounded by flood water on Matt Pit Lane in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire after the town had to deal with more than two months of rain in just two days[/caption]

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Residents in 590 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping[/caption]

A woman was seen battling torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge last week
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A woman was seen battling torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge last week[/caption]

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Two people walk along a footpath in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, which have flooded due to the heavy rain[/caption]

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This Pub beer garden in Bridgnorth flooded with a passing duck to the right in Shropshire[/caption]

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Severe floods have hit Shropshire this week[/caption]

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