Thunderstorms and heavy rain predicted with possible power cuts and transport disruptions | british news

Thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast in England and Wales on Tuesday with muggy conditions amid warnings of flash flooding and disruption.

The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning on Tuesday for most of the UK, as conditions could also lead to transport disruptions and power cuts in areas affected by heavy rain.

Hail, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding are possible as rain is likely to concentrate more in southern parts of England later on.

Showers are expected in Scotland on Tuesday, but will gradually dissipate over the course of the day, while Northern Ireland will be driest.

Tuesday’s forecasts follow heavy rain and flooding in some parts of Devon and Cornwall on Monday afternoon, while thunderstorms developed in east coast counties such as Essex, Suffolk and Lincolnshire.

The wet weather comes after weeks of little rain and high temperatures that caused droughts in several parts of the country, as well as wildfires and garden hose bans.

Videos shared on social media showed a roundabout by a river in Truro, Cornwall, quickly flooding when showers came.

Despite the expected thunderstorms, the Met Office said Monday was the eighth day in a row in which 30C was recorded in the UK. Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said temperatures will be lower on Tuesday, with highs reaching around 27°C.

Flood warnings if water runs away from the surface

Local flooding in Tullow, Co Carlow in Ireland on Monday
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Local flooding in Tullow, Co Carlow in Ireland on Monday

Due to the dry ground of recent weeks, experts have warned that flooding is more likely because surfaces act “a bit like concrete” and water drains instead of seeping through.

“There’s the damage to homes and businesses that these floods can cause, and the inconvenience of transportation interruptions, but if it’s very heavy in one place, it can also be very dangerous,” said Professor Hannah Cloke, an expert in hydrology at the University of Groningen. University of Reading.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned people in the capital on Monday to prepare for flash flooding this week amid torrential rain and thunderstorms.

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Experts warned the city’s sewage systems might not be able to handle a sudden downpour, as the water would likely run off land that has dried up after weeks of little rain and warm weather.

Geographers and meteorologists say that a light drizzle is the best form of rain to lift the earth from its parched state.

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Heavy rains and flash floods hit Cornwall

Mr Dewhurst warned that poor weather conditions could present difficulties for those hoping to travel and urged people to keep abreast of developments in their area.

He said we will see some “very heavy showers forming” in the coming days.

The yellow weather warnings will also go into effect on Wednesday for southern England, where communities could be cut off by flooded roads and the potential for fast-flowing or deep floodwaters could be life-threatening.

But as the week progresses, the weather is forecast to get fresher with some rain, especially in the north of the UK.

Mr Dewhurt said temperatures will generally be around average for many, but possibly slightly higher for the far south, in the mid-20s.

“It probably looks like it will get fresher for everyone from late Wednesday through Thursday,” he added.

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