UK Weather: Met Office issues warnings as thunderstorms bring end to heatwave

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for the weekend, affecting central and southern parts of England and Wales.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southern parts over the weekend, before edging further north by Monday.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, in contrast, were looking likely to stay fine and very warm throughout.

The first yellow weather warning for thunderstorms will last until 22:00 on Saturday night, while the second will run from 09:00 Sunday morning through to midnight on the same day and carries a risk of heavy, thundery downpours.

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The Met Office warns that there could be possible delays and cancellations to train and bus services whilst wind warnings could lead to tricky driving conditions, especially for larger vehicles or those towing caravans.

There will also be the risk of flooding with potential rainfall to build to 80-100mm in some locations over the course of the day.

The Met Office says: “This area is likely to see frequent lightning, thundery rain and continued strong, gusty winds.

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“There’s also a risk of large hail falling in a few locations and where heavy downpours occur, up to 35 mm could fall within an hour, bringing a possible risk of flooding.”

Met Office Principal Operational Meteorologist Frank Saunders said, “The warnings in place over the weekend show a marked shift in the weather pattern for many southern areas as low pressure moves in, with potential impacts for business and the public.

“This more unsettled weather brings a risk of torrential downpours and flooding in some places.

“However, areas further north will cling onto see some fine weather through the weekend, although not quite as hot as recently.”

The wet weather comes as the 32C heatwave appears to be coming to an end, with an amber warning for extreme heat being lifted in England at midnight on Thursday.

The country reached its hottest temperature of the year on Tuesday when 32.2C was recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London, while on Thursday a 31.1C high was recorded in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

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