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Met Office warning: Lightning storm to hit UK TODAY as up to 2 ins rain to fall in 3 hours

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The Met Office has issued a swathe of yellow weather warnings for the UK, with heavy showers and thunderstorms to hit this afternoon. The forecaster warns while not all places will be affected by these showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur torrential downpours are possible.

The warning comes into effect at 1pm today, lasting until 9pm tonight, and is for North East England, East Midlands, North West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and Northern Ireland.

Around 0.6 to one inch (15 to 25mm) of rain may fall in an hour in some places whilst a few spots could see 1.1 to 1.5 inches (30 to 40mm) rain in two or three hours.

Frequent lightning is possible and a few places may see some hail.

Some areas may see travel disruption, and flooding is likely for areas with heavy rain.

Read More: BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns Britons to brace for washout



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