UK weather – latest: orange warning for thunderstorms and floods in England and Wales

Heavy rain hammers Devon as thunderstorms roll on – Monday

Large parts of Britain are at risk of flash flooding today as thunderstorms overwhelm the country’s parched landscape with heavy rain.

The Met Office has put in place a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms covering much of England and South Wales, which has been upgraded to an amber alert for London and parts of south-east England.

It warns of the potential for power outages, transport disruptions and danger to life in the event of rapid or deep flooding.

Between 30 and 5 mm of rain could fall in less than an hour and some places can see more than 10 mm in a few hours where storms are slower moving.

Dan Suri, forecaster for the Met Office, said: “With no significant rainfall in parts of the south since June, the soils in these areas have been baked by the sun, turning them into almost impenetrable hard surfaces.

“Any rain in these areas will not be able to infiltrate and instead will wash away soils and other hard surfaces, creating flash flooding in some areas.”


Unstable weather will continue over the weekend

The Met Office has warned that the current unstable weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend.

Yellow and orange weather warnings are in place for thunderstorms in south east England, with disruption likely on Wednesday,

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: ‘While there are more details to be determined over the weekend, the main theme for Saturday is a choppy spell of weather with some showers but also some sunny periods, while gusty winds and more constant rain could affect the northwest.

“Later in the weekend and early next week, a warm front is expected to move in from the Atlantic bringing further rain from the west, gradually spreading east.

“The heaviest rainfall and highest totals are expected to be in western areas, but as the front moves eastward it is expected to weaken, reducing totals in those areas, and the south- is in particular could stay mostly dry.”


Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms worsens

The Met Office has revised its yellow weather warning, with thunderstorms now expected to continue until midnight.

The majority of south east England, including London and Kent, can expect torrential stormy rain throughout Wednesday after weeks of hot, dry weather.

People are warned of the risk of flooding, which represents a “danger to life”.


England thunderstorm and flood warning map

The Met Office has issued an amber weather alert for thunderstorms which are ‘likely’ to cause flooding in south east England.

Parts of London and the whole of Kent are among the areas likely to be hit by flooding, causing damage to homes and businesses.

Public transport delays and power cuts are likely.

Large parts of southern England face yellow and orange weather warnings for flooding

(Met Office)


‘Danger to life’ thunderstorm and flood warning issued by the Met Office

The Met Office issued an orange thunderstorm warning on Wednesday, including parts of London and across Kent.

The warning, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., said flooding of homes and businesses is “likely”, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning, hail or storms. strong winds.

Fast-flowing or deep-flowing floodwaters are also said to be “potentially life-threatening”.

Thomas Kingley has the whole story.


Flash floods and showers hit Devon and Cornwall

Flash floods hit Devon and Cornwall as the end of the UK heatwave was marked by torrential downpours.

Footage shows gushing flood water at Haywood Cider Farm near Wadebridge, Cornwall and cars struggling to drive in both locations yesterday.

A yellow thunderstorm warning was issued for England and Wales by the Met Office from Tuesday August 16 until midnight that night.

Another yellow warning is in place for thunderstorms in southern England on Wednesday.

Flash floods and showers batter Devon and Cornwall as heatwave kicks in


Orange warning for thunderstorms in South East England

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for thunderstorms in south east England.

Parts of London, Brighton and Canterbury are likely to be hit by flooding and disruption after weeks of hot, dry weather.

People are warned of rapid flooding which could cause damage as well as lightning strikes, hail and high winds.

Rapid or deep flood waters are likely and may pose a danger to life.


Torrential rain and thunderstorms for England and Wales

Torrential rain and thunderstorms are forecast for England and Wales after weeks of hot, dry weather.

The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for Wednesday, predicting ’20-30mm of rain is possible in an hour’.

People in central, southern and eastern England and south-east Wales could face flash flooding, transport disruption and power cuts.

The risk of rapid or deep flooding can also be life threatening, warns the Met Office.


Thames Water announces garden hose ban from next week

Thames Water has announced a garden hose ban from next week as 15 million customers across London and other areas face restrictions.

The ban will come into effect from Wednesday August 24 and is one of many introduced across England as water companies try to save resources in very dry weather.

In a statement on its website, Thames Water said: “After the driest July on record and below average rainfall in 10 of the past 12 months, water levels in our rivers and reservoirs are much lower than usual.

“With low rainfall predicted for the coming months, we now need to move on to the next stage of our drought relief plan,” they added.

Holly Bancroft has the whole story.


What is thunderstorm asthma?

The Met Office’s three-day weather warning highlights the risk of potential flash flooding, power cuts and disruption to travel across much of the country as heavy rain hits, writes Zoe Tidman.

But experts also warn there could be a rare health risk during stormy weather, in the form of ‘thunderstorm asthma’.

Read what it is and how these events trigger breathing problems:


Scotland gets a week of rain in 24 hours

Parts of Scotland have seen heavy rain in the past 24 hours as the country is hit by torrential rain and is under a yellow alert.

The amount of rain received in several pockets exceeds what is typically seen in a full week in early August.

The BBC reported that Strathallan near Perth saw 55.2mm (2 inches) of rainfall in less than 24 hours. This is 71% of the 77mm the region normally sees throughout August.

Houghton Hall in Norfolk saw 17mm (0.7in) of rain in the space of an hour on Tuesday afternoon, according to the report.

The heavy rains have also caused travel chaos, with local media reporting train delays and traffic disruptions. ScotRail had warned passengers to expect delays on some routes as speed restrictions were in place due to heavy rain. Trains were limited to 40 mph, or 20 mph if the usual speed limit is lower.

Network Rail also said it was forced to deal with flooding at Perth station.

Traffic Scotland warned that surface water was affecting many routes and urged motorists to take care.

Network Rail Scotland handout photo of flooding at Perth station after heavy rain