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‘Potential risk to life’ warning as lightning storms hit the UK

by LLB Reporter
13th Aug 20 10:59 am

The last few days the UK has been struck with fierce lightning and thunderstorms with heavy rain and flooding in some areas.

The Environment Agency have warned to flooding and have issued five flood alerts in the Birmingham area and 17 in Scotland.

The Met Office has reported that severe storms could continue to hit parts of the UK until Monday which could see flash flooding, and have issued a yellow warning.

A yellow warning means that there could be widespread damage, travel and power disruption, with the risk to life is likely. People are urged to plan ahead and think of possible travel delays.

The Met Office report says, “Very warm or hot and close in the south with further areas of thunderstorms developing.

“Mostly dry northern England, Northern Ireland and Scotland with some sunshine in the west. Cloudier along the east coast and cooler here.”

Met Office Meteorologist, Aidan McGivern said that on Thursday there will be “thunderstorms across many parts of England and Wales.

“Especially in the West and drifting their way north westwards, perhaps into northern England, southwest Scotland, Northern Ireland later on.

“These where they occur bring the threat of hail, lighting, torrential rainfall and gusty winds.”

He added, “During the day I think that the sun will lift temperatures.

“Once again we will see outbreaks of thunderstorms developing in a scattered nature across mainly the southern half of the UK.”

There will be the potential for lightning and thunderstorms due to a mix of warm weather and balmy temperatures that will continue until the weekend.

McGivern said, “For many its dry, if rather humid, but still the risk once again of thunderstorms breaking out.

“And again, severe thunderstorms where they occur, they will bring those hazards of hail lighting and torrential rainfall.”

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