Watch out for heavy showers and thunderstorms, warns Met Office

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 16, 2020

Elsewhere, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to rescue two people and a dog in Bishop's Stortford after the vehicle they were in became stuck in floodwater.

Matthew Box, a Met Office forecaster, said: "Saturday will begin mostly cloudy for most areas across the United Kingdom but as the day goes on showers will start to break out in the south and south east of England".

The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings until Monday, with the potential for flooding and damage to buildings from lightning and hail.

"The storms will not affect all areas, but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40 millimetres of rain possible in less than an hour and, in a few unlucky spots, a small chance of 60 mm falling in a short period".

The UK is to face some extreme weather this weekend with heavy rain which could cause flash flooding along with lighting and thunderstorms which could cause travel chaos.

Further south, the M23 was one of many roads affected by the deluge, being temporarily closed in both directions between junctions eight and seven.

Other areas of the region were hit by torrential rain and more heavy showers are forecast.

"The risk of thunder will start to push further north on Sunday, with central parts of England and Wales facing heavy rain and the chance of flooding".

Meanwhile, 19 people were evacuated from a train which became stuck following a landslide, according to British Transport Police.

"Further surface water and river flooding is also a possibility until Sunday".

Five less-serious flood alerts have also been issued for areas in the West Midlands, including in Birmingham, Warwickshire and south Staffordshire.

The weather warnings for parts of England and Wales are likely to be in place going into Monday.

The peak of this activity is expected during the early/mid morning hours of Sunday.

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