‘Immediate action required’ as Brits brace for severe thunderstorms and flooding

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Brits are set for a soaking tomorrow as the scorching hot African plume fades away and the rain makes a return.

While many may have welcomed a break from last week’s record-breaking heat, few will be thrilled at the prospect of flooding.

Thunderstorms are expected to lash parts of the UK, with a risk of more flooding following a weekend of heavy rain, forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across much of the South West and Wales for Tuesday with the risk of floods, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.

There were 11 flood warnings in place early on Monday for the Greater Manchester region after torrential rain.

‘Immediate action required’ as Brits brace for severe thunderstorms and flooding

ALARM: 30 flood warnings issued (Pic: WX CHARTS)

Forecasters said while the heavy rain will clear on Monday, a second band of low pressure will hit the country on Tuesday.

Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said parts of the South West and Wales will see heavy downpours and could get between 30mm and 40mm of rain.

The average rainfall for the region in July is 81mm, he added.

Mr Wilson said: “An area of low pressure will bring the risk of quite heavy thundery showers into Tuesday.

“There’s definitely a risk of flooding.

“Thunderstorms are a concern – there could be as much as 30mm to 40mm of rain. That’s quite a lot of rain flowing in quite a short period of time.”

‘Immediate action required’ as Brits brace for severe thunderstorms and flooding

DELUGE: Rain is forecast to batter large parts of the country (Pic: MET OFFICE)

“Thunderstorms are a concern – there could be as much as 30mm to 40mm of rain. That’s quite a lot of rain flowing in quite a short period of time”

Mark Wilson

The Met Office also warned there could be delays and cancellations to trains and buses as well as difficult driving conditions and road closures due to the storms.

The new warning follows a weekend of heavy downpours with half a month’s worth of rain falling across parts of the UK leading to travel disruption and floods.

A yellow weather warning for rain was in place across parts of the Midlands, the North West of England, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland on Sunday.

Forecasters said that parts of the North West had seen 40mm to 50mm of rain in about 24 hours, with 52.2mm recorded between 11am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday at Greenfield near Oldham.

The Met office said that the monthly average rainfall for the North West in July was 89.5mm.

‘Immediate action required’ as Brits brace for severe thunderstorms and flooding

‘Immediate action required’ as Brits brace for severe thunderstorms and flooding

The Environment Agency had issued 30 flood warnings on Sunday evening, the majority in the North West region, and urged people to avoid swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.

Parts of the North West were hit with floods with cars left almost fully submerged.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) on Sunday evening said there were 11 flood warnings across the city region which required “immediate action” following the torrential showers.

The wet weather comes after a week in which Britain was hit by hot temperatures and thunderstorms, with the heatwave causing problems for train and air passengers.

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