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UK weather forecast – Met Office issues severe weather warning as thunderstorms and floods batter Britain for

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued with wild thunderstorms set to lash Britain for the next two days – as many areas already suffered flooding overnight.

Strong downpours have caused chaos in Manchester, Birmingham and Stourbridge, and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for storms and torrential rain across most of the country.

 Joggers in Trafalgar Square were caught out in the downpour
Joggers in Trafalgar Square were caught out in the downpourCredit: Alamy Live News
 It will be a wet start to Thursday morning with some southern parts of the UK experiencing periods of heavy rain
It will be a wet start to Thursday morning with some southern parts of the UK experiencing periods of heavy rainCredit: Met Office
 One Londoner took shelter in a phone box as the capital was hit by storms
One Londoner took shelter in a phone box as the capital was hit by stormsCredit: Aaron Chown
 Spectacular lightning display over Cotesbach in Leicestershire on Wednesday

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Spectacular lightning display over Cotesbach in Leicestershire on WednesdayCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for most of the UK on Wednesday and into Thursday

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The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for most of the UK on Wednesday and into ThursdayCredit: Met Office

The massive front is moving from the west across Britain, and stretches from Cornwall to Glasgow, even reaching parts of Northern Ireland.

The wild weather could cause rapid flooding of homes and cause damage to buildings through lightning strikes, hail or strong winds. Major roads including the M60, M62 and the M602 have already been disrupted by the rain.

It comes after the Met Office initially issued three yellow warnings for thunderstorms and rain across many parts of the UK for three days yesterday.

 Londoners were lashed by rain on Wednesday afternoon
Londoners were lashed by rain on Wednesday afternoonCredit: Alamy Live News
 Rainfall in Stourbridge made roads unpassable for many
Rainfall in Stourbridge made roads unpassable for manyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 A woman walks through heavy rain in London as violent thunderstorms sweep Britain
A woman walks through heavy rain in London as violent thunderstorms sweep BritainCredit: Aaron Chown
 Flooding has caused havoc on roads
Flooding has caused havoc on roadsCredit: London News Pictures
 Huge lightning bolts strike over buildings in Tamworth, Staffordshire

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Huge lightning bolts strike over buildings in Tamworth, StaffordshireCredit: Jay Birmingham/Triangle News
 In Wales people are preparing for floods by stacking sandbags at their doors

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In Wales people are preparing for floods by stacking sandbags at their doorsCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency
 Firefighters work on streets in Wales as locals prepare for flooding

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Firefighters work on streets in Wales as locals prepare for floodingCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency
 Firefighters are called to a Tesco in Ilkeston, Derbs, to help with flooding caused by torrential rain

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Firefighters are called to a Tesco in Ilkeston, Derbs, to help with flooding caused by torrential rainCredit: ©Ashley Kirk

Weather forecasters warned flooding could damage some buildings due to floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds. They also said some areas could face power cuts due to the heavy thunderstorms causing havoc for businesses and homeowners.

Storms will gradually decrease by tomorrow afternoon, but the south coast is expected to be hit by further heavy showers which will likely cause more flooding.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Although some places will miss these heavy showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur they’ll be quite lively bringing torrential downpours with 25 to 35mm rain falling in an hour and a few places seeing perhaps 40 to 50mm rain in a couple of hours.

“With this heavy rain falling in a short time we could see some disruption to transport or damage to properties due to localised flooding, as well as the chance of lightning and hail.”

 Communities in the Welsh Valleys have experienced flooding from the torrential rain

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Communities in the Welsh Valleys have experienced flooding from the torrential rainCredit: Wales News Service
 A cyclist tries to walk through flooded streets in Leicester

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A cyclist tries to walk through flooded streets in LeicesterCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
 A mum pushes her buggy through the heavy rain in Leicester

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A mum pushes her buggy through the heavy rain in LeicesterCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
 A man wades through the flooded streets in Leicester yesterday

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A man wades through the flooded streets in Leicester yesterdayCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
 Floods hit parts of Cheshire yesterday
Floods hit parts of Cheshire yesterday
 Storms hit parts of Greater Manchester last night
Storms hit parts of Greater Manchester last nightCredit: MEN Media
 A shopper runs for shelter amid heavy rain in Manchester
A shopper runs for shelter amid heavy rain in ManchesterCredit: JAMES SPEAKMAN
 Lightning pictured across fields along Aldridge Rd in Walsall

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Lightning pictured across fields along Aldridge Rd in WalsallCredit: Alamy Live News
 Thunderstorms are predicted across most of England, Wales and southern Scotland

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Thunderstorms are predicted across most of England, Wales and southern Scotland
 Cars drive through flash flooding in Stourbridge, England

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Cars drive through flash flooding in Stourbridge, EnglandCredit: SnapperSK
 A police officer jumps over a puddle during the downpour in Oxford Street, central London

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A police officer jumps over a puddle during the downpour in Oxford Street, central LondonCredit: AFP or licensors

In more welcome weather news, Britain will be hit by a heatwave towards the end of June with temperatures surging to scorching levels, the latest weather graphs suggest.

It comes as lockdown restrictions are continuing to ease across the UK as the number of coronavirus infections drops. Long-range forecasts show temperatures will mainly remain in the mid-20s, but some areas of the southeast of England will see highs of around 30C.

The Met Office weather forecast from June 30 to July 14 says that although there is a risk of showers – with some turning heavy and possibly thundery across the south – the UK should also see some drier and brighter interludes.

The forecast says: “Temperatures should generally be above average, possibly turning very warm in places.

The weather warnings for Wednesday and Thursday followed storms on Tuesday evening which brought flash flooding to parts of Greater Manchester and lightning which set a house on fire in Sheffield.

 Roads in the North West of England were left submerged as motorists. struggled to drive

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Roads in the North West of England were left submerged as motorists. struggled to driveCredit: �Stella Pictures Limited www.stellapictures.co.uk +447813 022858
 One woman dodges torrential rainfall at London's Parliament Square in Westminster

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One woman dodges torrential rainfall at London’s Parliament Square in WestminsterCredit: 2020 Martyn Wheatley / i-Images
 A jogger is caught in a heavy torrential downpour in central London

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A jogger is caught in a heavy torrential downpour in central LondonCredit: Rex Features
 A huge Lightning Storm passes through Walsall in the West Midlands

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A huge Lightning Storm passes through Walsall in the West MidlandsCredit: Shaun Fellows / SHINE PIX LTD
 A pedestrian jumps across heavy puddles in London after being caught in a downpour of rain on Oxford Street

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A pedestrian jumps across heavy puddles in London after being caught in a downpour of rain on Oxford StreetCredit: AFP or licensors
 Londoners  caught in heavy torrential downpours in the city centre

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Londoners  caught in heavy torrential downpours in the city centreCredit: Rex Features
 A cab drives through heavy puddles as the Met Office predicts more rain is to come

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A cab drives through heavy puddles as the Met Office predicts more rain is to come
 A worker shields himself from the rain as he begins his daily commute

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A worker shields himself from the rain as he begins his daily commuteCredit: PA:Press Association

 

“In early July, a transition to more settled conditions is signalled with many seeing more prolonged drier and sunnier spells.” A heatwave next week will see temperatures rocket to 28C by Wednesday and will continue into the weekend.

UK weather forecast – Thunderstorm and torrential rain warnings in force for three days before 28C heatwave hits’

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