Met Office storm warning: Britain braced for flooding and lightning as yellow alert issued

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A yellow weather warning has been issued for large parts of Britain, with downpours expected to bring as much as 60 mm of rain within a two to three hour period. The weather forecasters said that the storms would be accompanied by gusty winds and hail. Most areas will, however, see 10-20 mm of rain over a three hour period.

The weather forecasters said that the storms would be accompanied by gusty winds and hail.

The areas affected include the West Midlands, the East of England, London and South East England, South West England, Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Met Office warned that lightening and flooding could lead to road closures, as well as delays and cancellations to public transport.

They wrote: “A band of heavy rain will move northwards through Sunday morning, followed by scattered heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon.

“Further heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible during Sunday evening and night, particularly across eastern parts of England, easing later.

“10-20 mm of rain is likely in 1 to 3 hours in many areas, with 30 mm in a few places through the morning.

“However, where thunderstorms occur during the afternoon, evening and overnight, there is a small chance of 20-30 mm falling within an hour and as much as 60 mm in 2-3 hours, along with lightning and a chance of gusty winds and hail, this most likely across eastern parts of England.”

The agency said there was a small risk of local flooding rom surface water across the south and the east of England, and the Midlands.

They added: “Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”

It comes as the Environment Agency advised people in the Swindon area to be prepared for possible flooding, after water levels rose significantly in the River Cole following heavy rain on Friday.

They said: “Property flooding is not currently expected.

River levels are high but steady on the River Cole following very heavy rainfall in the Swindon area today, 21/10/22.

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The unsettled weather is expected to continue into the first week of November, before calm is restored by the middle of the month.

In its monthly outlook, BBC Weather said: “Similar unsettled conditions should linger into the first week of November, as further vigorous Atlantic low pressure systems move across.

However, there are signs of a possible change by mid-November week as high pressure builds across the UK.

“That could mean a drier and calmer period is in the offing for many areas, although there is uncertainty as to where exactly this high pressure will position itself.”

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