Met Office warnings: Deluge of rain to hit UK in HOURS – is your area affected?

BBC Weather: UK warned of 'thundery downpours'

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Met Office forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings for rain across parts of the UK today, with downpours forecast to start this afternoon. This comes ahead of yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms which are in place on Friday, and a forecast for Storm Fleur to potentially be named later this week.

Forecasters are warning of a 400-mile wide Atlantic system could bring 60mph gusts to parts of the UK starting on Thursday.

If named, this would become Storm Fleur, following on from Storm Evert last week.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the Mirror: “Is the next named storm coming? There is potential for it, with a deep area of low pressure which could turn wet and windy again around Thursday.

“Forecast models show a continuation of our cool and changeable pattern for 10 to 14 days, but there are optimistic signals for warmer high pressure following.”

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Today’s warnings are in place from 12pm through to 9pm the same day for East Midlands, North East England, North West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Met Office warns: “Showers developing late this morning and into this afternoon, will become heavy, with thunder in a few locations.

“Showers will be relatively slow-moving, which will mean some high rainfall totals: 15 to 20 mm of rain could fall within an hour in some places, and up to around 30 mm in three hours.”

Weather maps show heavy downpours tracking across the warning area, with Brits told to watch for flash flooding and surface water on roads.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said this week’s weather may still be under an “Atlantic influence”.

She said: “We are likely to see potential for thunderstorms through much of this week.”

Ms Maxey added it was “quite usual to receive most of the month’s rain in two to three bursts during the summer months”.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for Friday, starting at 10am and ending at 11.59pm the same day.

The forecasters warn there will be “heavy showers” which will track “across much of the UK on Friday”.

They add: “Within the warning area these showers and thunderstorms will be slow-moving and may cause localised surface water impacts.

“Rainfall totals will vary considerably and not all locations will be affected by the heaviest showers.”

The Met Office warns there will be potentially 20 to 30mm (0.7 to 1.1 inches) of rain in a short space of time, and during the course of the day, there is a chance that some places could see as much as 80 to 100mm (3.1 to 3.9 inches) build-up.

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