Jubilee washout fears for Brits as Met Office issues yellow thunderstorm warning

While much of the country basked in unseasonably warm temperatures for yesterday’s special Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, the Met Office has warned of a stormy weekend in prospect.

A yellow thunderstorm warning for southern England runs from midnight to 10am on Saturday.

A plume of warm air from the continent will push north up across the southern half of the UK, bringing with it an increasing risk of thunderstorms to southern counties.

The storms carry with them a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

In addition, spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Andy Page, said: “Many places within the warning area are unlikely to see a thunderstorm at all, but those places that do see one could well see impacts from heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes.”

“A few places could see up to 20 – 30mm of rain within an hour, with a small chance of 50 mm in 2 to 3 hours, most likely near the south coast.

“The risk of thunderstorms eases as we go through Saturday morning. However, as this band of warm air continues to push further north across the UK there is a risk of more thunderstorms and heavy downpours on Sunday. We will be monitoring this risk and may need to issue another warning when the potential for impacts becomes clearer. Please keep an eye on the forecast for your area regularly for any updates.”

Further into the week, we can look forward to “generally more settled conditions for most initially, with plenty of fine, sunny weather. Cloudiest conditions likely for the far north with the odd spot of light rain, perhaps more persistent across Shetland”.

Cloudier conditions and showers may remain in some eastern areas.

Temperatures are likely to be generally above average for the time of year, but cooler in the northeast.

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