Met Office issues yellow weather warning for thunderstorms

Get ready for a stormy Saturday! Met Office issues yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across most of the UK with up to TWO INCHES of rain threatening flash flooding and travel chaos

  • Forecasters said heavy showers and thunder could bring flooding, power cuts and travel disruption in UK
  • Bleak warning covers large expanses of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and lasts until 10pm tomorrow
  • Meanwhile, bookmaker Coral makes it odds-on at 4-5 for this summer to be the wettest on record in Britain
  • Despite soggy outlook, experts insist there is chance for warmer temperatures while pressure builds in south

Britons are bracing for a stormy Saturday with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across most of the UK and up to two inches of rain threatening flash flooding and travel chaos. 

Forecasters warned of heavy showers and thunder which could cause flooding, power cuts and travel disruption in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The bleak warning covers large expanses of the three nations, with the exception of some coastal areas, and lasts from midday until 10pm on Saturday.

It comes amid unsettled weather which has persisted across the UK throughout August, with the weather service also naming its first storm of the summer – Storm Evert – last month.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said the City of London has had 117 per cent of its usual August rainfall already, with 2.4in (60mm) of rain falling on the capital up to August 17 compared with 2in (51mm) usually seen over the entire month. 

And bookmaker Coral now makes it odds-on at 4-5 for this summer to be the wettest on record in the UK as more rain has been forecast to fall over the weekend. 

Despite the soggy outlook, some experts insist there is still a chance for warmer temperatures while pressure builds in the south, meaning the mercury could reach 77F (25C) towards the end of the month.

One forecaster admitted a heatwave is not on the cards, but urged Brits ‘not to give up hope altogether’ with some September’s having come up trumps over recent years. 

A beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, appears fairly crowded despite the mild weather as people paddle in the sea. Forecasters warned of heavy showers and thunder which could cause flooding, power cuts and travel disruption on Saturday

A group of four people look onto a grey sea in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Friday. It comes amid unsettled weather which has persisted across the UK throughout August, with the Met Office also naming its first storm of the summer last month

Two people zip line in front of a bleak backdrop above the pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, today. Bookmaker Coral now makes it odds-on at 4-5 for this summer to be the wettest on record in the UK as more rain has been forecast to fall over the weekend

A map from the Met Office, showing the forecast for early on Saturday morning. Despite the soggy outlook, some experts insist there is still a chance for warmer temperatures while pressure builds in the south, meaning the mercury could reach 77F (25C) towards the end of the month

Northern Ireland has had 3.5in (90mm) of rain – 90 per cent of its 3.8in (97mm) average for the month.

Mr Partridge predicted that up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain could hit parts of Northern Ireland and south-west England over 24 hours on Saturday, and the same amount in the northern Pennines on Sunday.

Heavy rain and hail has already caused ‘significant problems’ for harvests, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

A spokesperson for the union said this year’s harvest was delayed due to cold spring temperatures, but its too early to say how much profits will be impacted and whether consumers could see a rise in food prices.

They said: ‘The localised heavy rain and hail has caused significant problems in certain areas.

‘It’s a mixed picture because for many areas they just haven’t had many clear dry days in a row to harvest, so things have been a bit ‘stop-start’ with harvesting.

People zip wire across the sea from Bournemouth pier towards the beach on Friday. One forecaster admitted a heatwave is not on the cards, but urged Brits ‘not to give up hope altogether’ with some September’s coming up trumps over recent years

Two people walk past empty deckchairs on the pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, today. Heavy rain and hail has already caused ‘significant problems’ for harvests, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU)

People enjoy the mild weather and paddle in the sea at Bournemouth, Dorset. A Met Office spokesman said: ‘We’ve had flooding, some parts of the country have seen double their average rainfall and temperatures have been unremarkable’

People walk past empty deckchairs on the pier in Bournemouth, Dorset, on Friday. The bleak warning covers large expanses of the three nations, with the exception of some coastal areas, and lasts from midday until 10pm on Saturday

‘Where they have been harvesting, grain has often had to be dried because the better weather hasn’t lasted long enough to get moisture levels down to where they need to be.

‘The problems will grow if the unsettled weather continues because it will start to impact on the quality of the grain if it goes on too long, especially for crops like milling wheat.’

However, a Met Office spokesman said earlier this month: ‘We’ve had flooding, some parts of the country have seen double their average rainfall and temperatures have been unremarkable. 

‘It’s been wishy-washy to say the least – and that’s how it’s going to end.

A beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, appears fairly busy today despite the soggy outlook. The Met Office’s Simon Partridge predicted up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain could hit parts of Northern Ireland and south-west England over 24 hours tomorrow

A man and woman walk through Sefton Park in Liverpool on Friday. Meanwhile, Coral bookmakers are offering 6-4 for this month to be a record wet August

A man sits on a bench and plays his Ukulele to his dog in Sefton Park, Liverpool, today. Coral’s John Hill said: ‘The odds suggest there is a strong chance this month will end as a record wet August’

‘A heatwave is not on the cards – but let’s not give up hope altogether. Some September’s have come up trumps over recent years.’

Meanwhile, Coral bookmakers are offering 6-4 for this month to be a record wet August. 

The firm’s John Hill said: ‘This summer has already been one of the wettest in recent memory and with more rain on the way, by the time it is up, it may be the wettest we have ever had.

‘Rainfall has been forecast to arrive in many parts of the UK over the weekend and as a result, the odds suggest there is a strong chance this month will end as a record wet August.’ 

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