Warning of 'danger to life' as thunderstorms strike most of country: UK weather

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The Met Office has issued a number of yellow weather alerts across the country, which look set to bring Britain's warm spell to an end

The Met Office has issued a number of yellow weather alerts across the country, which look set to bring Britain's warm spell to an end.

By Jenness Mitchell, news reporter

Sunday 12 May 2024 13:02, UK

Thunderstorms will strike large parts of the UK this afternoonwith a warning that flooding in some places could cause "danger to life".

The Met Office has issued a number of yellow weather alerts across the country, which look set to bring Britain's warm spell to an end.

Not everyone within the warning areas will see a thunderstorm but are still being advised to prepare for the adverse weather.

Thunderstorms are hitting western and central Northern Ireland, as well as parts of Wales and western and central England.

Heavy showers are expected to cause difficult driving conditions, power cuts and flooding.

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The Met Office has warned: "Flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

"Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life."

From 2pm, the storms will hit Scotland. The yellow weather alert stretches from southern Scotland up to the Central Belt as well as the Highlands and Islands.

The Met Office has warned Scots: "There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life."

The heavy showers and thunderstorms in Northern Ireland are expected to come to an end at around 7pm, and at 11pm in England and Wales.

The bad weather is expected to continue in Scotland until 3am on Monday.

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The thunderstorms could bring the UK's warm spell to a dramatic endafter Saturday was confirmed as the hottest day of the year.

Sky News weather producer Joanna Robinson said: "A thundery breakdown is expected on Sunday afternoon, but many eastern parts of Britain will stay fine and dry.

"The Met Office has issued several thunderstorm warnings, which highlight the areas at risk of severe weather.

"It's important to note that not everywhere within the warning area will catch a thunderstorm.

"Where they do occur, they could bring torrential rain, large hail up to 2cm, gusty winds and frequent lightning, with localised disruption possible.

"It'll be another warm afternoon for most, with 27C or 28C possible somewhere in southeast England.

"That would be the UK's highest temperature of the year so far, beating Saturday's 25.9C at Herstmonceux.

"Next week looks cooler and more unsettled, but there'll be some pleasant sunshine at times."

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Stay safe in thunder and lightning

Before the thunderstorm:• Lightning can cause power surges, so unplug any non-essential appliances if not already using a surge protector.• Seek shelter if possible. When you hear thunder you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur. Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.

During the thunderstorm:• Telephone lines can conduct electricity so try to avoid using the landline, unless in an emergency.• If outside, avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.• Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails. If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles.• If you find yourself in an exposed location, it may be advisable to squat close to the ground with your hands on your knees and your head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible. Do not lie down on the ground.•If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately.

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