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UK weather forecast: Month's worth of rain to fall TODAY as showers hit

Mirror logo Mirror 11/07/2019 Latifa Yedroudj
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Parts of the UK could see almost a month's worth of rain in the space of a couple of hours later.

The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning for much of Scotland and northern England which is in place from midday until 9pm today.

Heavy showers may cause flooding and travel disruption, with forecasters warning there is a small chance of fast-flowing or deep flood waters causing danger to life.

Meteorologist Emma Smith said 30mm of rain could fall in one hour, while 50mm could fall in two to three hours.

a car covered in snow: Torrential rain on the A1 near Leeming in Yorkshire on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 24, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire © PA Torrential rain on the A1 near Leeming in Yorkshire on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 24, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Hot. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire The average amount of rainfall in July for the UK as a whole is 70mm, while the July average for England is 55-56mm - meaning that almost a month's worth of rainfall could fall in a couple of hours.

The yellow thunderstorm alert from the Met Office warns there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes.

In places where there is flooding or lightning strikes, there is a chance of delays and cancellations to train and bus services.

Forecasters have also warned of difficult driving conditions, some road closures and power cuts.

Today's Met Office said: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop during Thursday afternoon across parts of Scotland and northern England.

"Whilst many areas will miss the heaviest rain, where heavy showers and thunderstorms do develop they will be slow-moving bringing the potential for 20-30 mm of rain in an hour and 40-50 mm in 2-3 hours.

The Met Office have issued a thunderstorm warning for parts of the UK and Scotland © AFP/Getty Images The Met Office have issued a thunderstorm warning for parts of the UK and Scotland "Showers and thunderstorms will gradually die out during Thursday evening."

The weather will be cloudy on Saturday before sunshine returns back on Sunday, with temperatures expected to soar to 25C in some areas.

A netweather.tv spokesman said: "Temperatures widely reaching 20-22C (today) and feeling rather muggy too in light winds, perhaps 23-24C across south-east England and East Anglia. Cooler across the far north-west.

"Low pressure across the north on Thursday will tend to move away to the east of the UK on Friday, but will exert enough of an influence to allow further scattered heavy and perhaps thundery showers to develop across eastern areas of Scotland and England, drier and sunnier towards the west.

"Temperatures reaching 17-21C in the north and 21-23C in the south."

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