UK weather forecast – Met Office issues urgent storm warning across Britain as country braces for Atlantic blast

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THE Met Office has issued a new urgent storm warning in parts of the country with immediate effect this afternoon.

A yellow weather alert for thunderstorms across the north, parts of Scotland and a huge swathe of the south of England was sent out just before 3pm.

UK weather forecast – This map shows where the weather warnings are in effect throughout this afternoon
Met Office
Rain coming down on Glasgow yesterday – where heavy rain may lead to travel disruption and flooding later today
Alamy Live News

The new weather warnings come after three were issued for Friday and Saturday warning of high winds and heavy rain.
Those warnings led to major events being cancelled in Devon and Cornwall – including Boardmasters festival in Newquay.

But now a new Atlantic weather front is barrelling towards Britain next week, with a wet and windy evening tonight.

The new warning says: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday afternoon and early evening.

“Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 20mm rainfall is possible in less than an hour and 30-40mm in two to three hours in one or two spots.

“Lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

“The showers will slowly die out through the evening.”

In areas like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth heavy rain is possible which may lead to travel disruption and flooding.

And downpours are also expected to affect parts of northern England, including Newcastle, which might also cause similar disruption there.

The Met Office warns: “Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

“Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible.”

Today, holidaymakers were seen flocking to the beach today to get a glimpse of sunshine before the deluges begin.

Tomorrow, the rain will fade over northern England while elsewhere will be a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

The showers will be heaviest in the northwest but also across the southeast of England at first.


And the weather will stay unsettled from Tuesday to Thursday with sunny spells and showers on most days.

Some longer spells of rain are expected on Wednesday, particularly in the south.

Temperatures should remain slightly lower than average for this time of year.

Holidaymakers and visitors on the beach playing chicken with the large breaking waves at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset before the Atlantic blast brings unsettled weather to Britain next week
Alamy Live News

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