UK weather – Met Office forecasts hailstorms, lightning and FLOODS in 36 hours of misery

BRITS have been warned to batten down the hatches as the UK prepares to be hit by 36 hours of thunderstorms.

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘severe’ weather warning for torrential rain, hail and lightning.

Current map of weather warnings for the UK

People in the south and south east of the country have been warned that their homes and businesses could be flooded or affected by power cuts.

It comes after up to 600 residents were evacuated after “unprecedented” downpours saw double the monthly rainfall in just three days at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire.

Rescue workers in the flood-hit town yesterday pumped out enough water to fill 225 Olympic swimming pools.

36 HOURS OF CHAOS

Forecasters expect the south east of England will be the worst affected by the new storms, with the warning extending as far north as Hull.

“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds,” the Met Office warning states.

“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.”

Brits were also warned about potential power cuts in homes and businesses.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told Sun Online: “We are expecting to see the worst of the thunderstorms today, as the torrential rain sweeps in from south east England.

“There’s going to be some seriously heavy rain ranging from 15mm to even 50mm in some parts of the country.

“It’s not going to be very pleasant and you can expect slightly breezy weather, but temperatures are still going to be fairly warm, reaching highs of 24C on Tuesday in the south east.”

TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS

The yellow warning has so far been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday in the south east.

Burkill added: “We are also expecting some lightning strikes to take place which will delay and maybe even cancel travel plans.

“We urge people to take extra precautions when travelling during the warning.”

After this week’s soaking saw June on track to be the coldest in 28 years, sunshine and warmer temperatures are set to return next week.

But thunderstorms will hit from late Tuesday amid flood fears, with Atlantic fronts hitting the second half of the week and bringing a cool-down to 19C.

SEVERE FLOODS

Sinkholes forced the M25 to close down last week as relentless thunderstorms and flash floods sparked weather warnings and travel chaos across England.

Drivers were advised to avoid all but necessary road travel after more than one month’s rain fell in just 24 hours in parts of Kent and East Sussex.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated in a Lincolnshire town following severe flooding, as the local MP has said residents are “by no means out of the woods yet”.

Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert were told to leave as waters continued to surge on Saturday, with further heavy rain predicted.

The town first flooded on Wednesday after more than two months’ worth of rain fell in two days, causing the River Steeping to burst its banks.

On Friday, three RAF helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne sandbags in an attempt to repair the bank.

The Royal Ascot horse racing, which starts on Tuesday is set for a swelter then a squelch as rains arrive towards the end of the day.

Glastonbury Festival – due to kick off a week on Wednesday – risks mud with more showers due after 77mm of rain soaked Somerset this month, ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said.

And tennis tournament Wimbledon, which runs from July 1-14, faces rain breaks, Mr Hammond warned.

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s New Road ground in Worcester fully submerged by floodwater following heavy rainfall in the area[/caption]

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Residents try to visit their flood damaged homes in the village of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire[/caption]

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Aerial pictures of flooding near Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire, where the rivers Avon and Severn collide and have burst their banks narrowly avoiding flooding the 12 century Abbey[/caption]

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s New Road ground in Worcester fully submerged by floodwater following heavy rainfall in the area[/caption]

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This man became fully submerged in the water as he tried to visit his flood-damaged house in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire[/caption]

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Arial of flood hit homes after water levels have dropped in Lincolnshire[/caption]

A man walks through floodwater in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
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A man walks through floodwater in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire[/caption]

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A house surrounded by flood water on Matt Pit Lane in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire after the town had to deal with more than two months of rain in just two days[/caption]

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Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping[/caption]

A woman was seen battling torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge last week
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A woman was seen battling torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge last week[/caption]

MONSOON LOOMS

The ‘European Monsoon’ phenomenon was blamed by The Weather Outlook.

The Met Office, which says the ‘European Monsoon’ is caused by westerly winds regaining strength in late June, said the South-East is due dry periods with wet intervals into July, with the North-West wetter.

June 1-13’s average UK maximum temperature was 15.5C.

The last time the average UK maximum temperature was colder over the whole of June was 1991’s 14.8C, Met Office records show.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “Coming days will feel like summer again and be completely different to the past week.


“Very hot air from the Mediterranean will bring humidity from Monday, with 23C, then 26C and 27C not out of the question on Tuesday and 25C on Wednesday.

“But thunderstorms push across the UK from late Tuesday and through Wednesday. Weather warnings would not be a surprise.

“The Atlantic looks like dominating the second half of the week, with cooler conditions and wetter especially in the North-West.

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Two people walk along a footpath in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens, which have flooded due to the heavy rain[/caption]

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This Pub beer garden in Bridgnorth flooded with a passing duck to the right in Shropshire[/caption]

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Severe floods have hit Shropshire this week[/caption]


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