UK weather forecast – TORNADO warning in place for tonight as heavy rain and gales set to last a WEEK, Met Office warns

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A TORNADO warning was in place for Britain tonight as heavy rain and gales were forecast to last a WEEK.

Torrential downpours pounded parts of the UK today – after the Met Office issued a slew of weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain.

This waterspout was captured in Whitehaven, Cumbria
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There will be heavy rain in London and the South East
There will be heavy rain in London and the South East

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The dramatic vortex was also captured on camera here[/caption]

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Coastal areas were blasted on Monday, while the north west will be hit by the worst of the showers overnight and early Tuesday morning..

Stormwatchers filmed dramatic footage of a water tornado or “waterspout” looming over Whitehaven in Cumbria on Monday night.

A waterspout is weaker than a land tornado as the force of friction is weaker over water, meaning there’s less air available to be drawn into circulation.

RAIN AHEAD

Emma Smith of the Met Office told The Sun Online on Monday: “There’s a chance as we head towards this evening that we could see between 40-60mm in two or three hours.

“In the north west we could see 30-40mm of rain by 10am tomorrow.”

Today’s stormy weather heralds the start of an “unsettled” week of wind and rain.

It prompted Torro, the UK’s Tornado and Storm Research Organisation, to issue a tornado warning on Monday afternoon.

“Some low-level convergence/wind shift lines has allowed a couple of funnel cloud/potential tornado reports to come in already”, it wrote, with “one or two more weak tornadoes” possible.

But Ms Smith said: “The effects of a small tornado wouldn’t be dramatically different to that of a thunderstorm.

“The impact won’t be that different to that of thunderstorms, you’d have a swirling vortex and you could see garden furniture getting blown over, but you could get that from a storm.”

Beach-goers call it a day in Margate, Kent, as torrential rain blasted the south east
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A Nissan make its way through flood water in Kenley, South London, where torrential rain caused the road to flood in under half an hour
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Beach-goers make do with some umbrellas as shelters as rain sheets down in Margate, Kent
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DISRUPTION

While large parts of the country enjoyed a settled day, a yellow weather warning was in place for thunderstorms across London and the South East today after a weekend of stormy conditions.

Following today’s downpours, temperatures will then struggle to climb out of the teens for the rest of the week as low pressure brings cool, wet weather, according to forecasters.

Tomorrow would be “a day of sunshine and showers”, Ms Smith said.

“Especially in northern England and Scotland there’s a chance of a rumble of thunder and a few scattered showers anywhere.

“By the afternoon and evening showers will mainly be lingering in eastern Scotland and northern England.”

Temperatures could climb to 22C, she added, with wind speeds of up to 35mph.

The jet stream is sitting right across us right now, funnelling low pressure systems across the country, that’s why we’re having a rotten August. I wouldn’t recommend going out without a brolly.


Emma Smith, Met Office

She added: “Wednesday will be wet and windy. Showers are more likely on Thursday, moving west to east, with the west improving through the day and sunnier, heavier showers in the east.

“There’ll be a brief respite on Thursday/Friday morning, but on Friday there’s another wet and windy day ahead, with heavy outbreaks likely.”

The weekend would be “more settled”, but still unstable: “There’ll be sunshine and showers, blustery, risk of thunder.”

Ms Smith added: “The jet stream is sitting right across us right now, funnelling low pressure systems across the country and bringing unstable air, that’s why we’re having a rotten August.

“I wouldn’t recommend going out without a brolly.”

Over the weekend, travellers across the UK were hit by delays and disruption following heavy rain and strong winds.


Ferry passengers heading into Dover faced delays of five hours as tug boats battled the weather to guide them into port.

Elsewhere, flooded tracks forced train operators to cancel services between Cumbria and Scotland.

Flooding between Penrith and Lockerbie forced operators to suspend services on Saturday afternoon.

A yellow warning for rain is in place for parts of the north west until 10am on Tuesday
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People evacuate the beach in Margate, Kent, after rain interrupts a day by the seaside
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A tornado warning was issued for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this afternoon
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Brits endured a day of stormy weather – and that day could become a week
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Torrential rain in North West London over the weekend
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Torrential rain in North West London over the weekend[/caption]

Flooding in a supermarket carpark in Builth wells in Powys
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Flooding in a supermarket carpark in Builth wells in Powys[/caption]

Strong winds and rough seas at Brighton seafront
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Strong winds and rough seas at Brighton seafront[/caption]

The downpour at Ladies Day at Haydock
The downpour at Ladies Day at Haydock

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