The Met Office has extended its weather warnings today to cover a raft of England, as well as parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Britain has been baked this week by a searing heatwave – but a low pressure system has now sept in, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms in exchange for the blister temperatures.
The Met Office said: “Although thunderstorms are less likely today, heavy showers and more prolonged rain will continue at times, still with the possibility of thunder.
“These may bring 10 to 20mm per hour for some places during Saturday, with perhaps 30 to 40mm over a few hours.
“The ground is getting wetter now, so this may cause a few issues.”
The warning area has been extended to include parts of the North Midlands and Northern England.
The weather agency warned bus and train services could be affected, with longer journey times possible as spray and flooding on roads will make travel times longer.
Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, the Met Office added.
The yellow weather warning is in place from 9am today until 10pm this evening.
You can find all the regions affected by the alert at the bottom of this story.
Two flood alerts are currently in place at Loughborough Urban Watercourses and the River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire.
Five alerts have been discontinued.
Regions and local authorities affected:
Central, Tayside & Fife
Perth and Kinross
Highlands & Eilean Siar
Na h-Eileanan Siar
North East England
Newcastle upon Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
North West England
Blackburn with Darwen
Cheshire West and Chester
Orkney & Shetland
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
Dumfries and Galloway
Argyll and Bute
Yorkshire & Humber
East Riding of Yorkshire
Kingston upon Hull
North East Lincolnshire