Warm weather to make way for thunder and ‘large hail’
Brits in eastern England and Scotland as well as Northern Ireland have been told to brace themselves for thunderstorms today.
‘Large hail’ measuring up to 3cm in diameter, lightning and blustery winds are forecast by the Met Office, cutting into today’s warm and muggy weather.
Some locations may even see as much as 30-4mm of rain in a single hour.
‘Thunderstorms developing across northern England and Scotland may cause disruption and localised flooding on Sunday afternoon and evening,’ the Met Office said today.
The yellow warning in England and Scotland is in place from 1pm to 9pm, covering the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East, including Nottingham, Hull and Newcastle.
In Scotland, forecasters expect thunderstorms to loom over Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian and Borders, Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Orkney and Shetland as well as Central, Tayside and Fife.
Where is the yellow thunderstorm warning in place?
Central, Tayside & Fife:
Perth and Kinross
Highlands & Eilean Siar
North East England
Newcastle upon Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
Orkney & Shetland
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
Yorkshire & Humber
East Riding of Yorkshire
Kingston upon Hull
North East Lincolnshire
The Met Office added: ‘Whilst there remains some uncertainty in whether thunderstorms develop as cooler conditions follow from the west, there is a chance that an organised line of thunderstorms could develop across northern Britain during Sunday afternoon before clearing east into the North Sea during the evening.
‘This is more likely to happen across eastern parts of the warning area including northeast England and eastern Scotland.
‘Rainfall amounts will vary significantly, but some locations could see 30-40 mm in 1-2 hours. Frequent lightning, large hail (up to 3cm in diameter) and strong, gusty winds will be additional hazards.’
In Northern Ireland, the yellow warning will be in place from 2pm to 7pm.
Similar wet and windy conditions are expected in eastern Northern Ireland, with some parts including Belfast and Newry seeing up to 20mm of rain in one hour.
‘In addition to heavy rain, occasional lightning and gusty winds of 30-40 mph may accompany stronger storms,’ meteorologists added.
The Met Office warned that there is a ‘small chance’ homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with the thunderstorms also bringing travel chaos and power outages.
Some communities may be at risk of being temporarily cut off by flooded roads.
However, there are no flood warnings in place across Britain, according to environment officials.
It comes as Britain is expected to be baked once again by temperatures in the mid to high 20s, with 31°C possible in southeast England today.
A good night’s sleep isn’t likely, forecasters say, given that tonight will see ‘tropical’ temperatures of at least 18°C.