Thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast with potential power outages and transportation disruption |  UK News

Thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast with potential power outages and transportation disruption | UK News

Thunderstorms and heavy rain are forecast across England and Wales on Tuesday with muggy conditions amid flash flood warnings and outages.

The Met Office issued a yellow storm warning for most of the UK on Tuesday as conditions could also cause transport disruptions and power outages in areas hit by heavy rain.

Hail, frequent lightning and flash flooding are possible as the rain is likely to be concentrated later in the southern parts of England.

Showers are expected across Scotland on Tuesday but will gradually fade as the day progresses, while Northern Ireland will be the driest.

Tuesday’s predictions follow heavy rain and flooding in 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 led to droughts in several parts of the country, as well as wildfires and hose bans.

Videos shared on social media showed a roundabout near a river in Truro, Cornwall, rapidly flooding as the rains moved on.

Despite the expected thunderstorms, the Met Office said Monday marked the eighth consecutive day with 30C recorded in the UK. Weather Bureau meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said temperatures will be lower on Tuesday, with highs around 27C as the high.

Flood warnings as water drains from the surface

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

As a result of the drought in recent weeks, Experts warn that the probability of flooding is greater as the surfaces act “a bit like concrete” and water runs off rather than seeps through.

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

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

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Experts warned that the city’s drainage systems may not be able to cope if a sudden downpour falls, as water is likely to run off land that has dried up during weeks of little rain and hot weather.

Geographers and meteorologists say that the best kind of rain to bring the earth out of its parched state would be a light drizzle.

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Heavy rain and flash floods hit Cornwall

Mr Dewhurst warned that poor weather conditions could pose difficulties for those hoping to travel and urged people to keep up to date with developments in their local area.

He said we will see some “very heavy rain in the next few days.”

Yellow weather warnings are also in effect for the south of England on Wednesday, where flooded roads could isolate communities, and the possibility of deep or fast-flowing flooding could be life-threatening.

But as the week progresses, the weather is forecast to get windier with some showers, particularly in the north of the UK.

Dewhurt said temperatures will generally be around average for many, but could possibly be a bit above for the far south, in the mid-20s.

“It probably looks more likely that from Wednesday night to Thursday onwards it will get cooler for everyone,” he added.

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