'You may well get woken up tonight': Met Office issues thunderstorm weather warnings

By John Mercury May 1, 2024

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for thunderstorms.

The yellow alerts cover London, nearly all of southern England, as well as Cardiff and southern Wales.

Heavy rain is expected, with a chance of thunderstorms, according to the first of the warnings, which covers Wales and large parts of southwest England until 8am Thursday.

Thunderstorms are likely late on Wednesday evening and overnight in London, Brighton, Oxford and other areas covered by the second warning – which comes into effect at 11pm and lasts until 6am Thursday.

Two Met Office weather warnings for thunderstorms on 1 and 2 May 2024. Pic: Met Office
Pic: Met Office

There will be a risk of sudden flooding and power blackouts in both affected warning areas, the Met Office warned.

It added there is also a chance of hail and strong winds.

Flooding and lightning strikes could cause travel disruption on the roads, the forecaster said, including delays and cancellations to rail and bus services.

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Spells of heavy downpours are expected late Wednesday and overnight.

Around 2cm to 4cm of rain is expected, with 5cm possible in some places.

“Much of this rain may fall over a two or three hour period,” the forecaster said.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “You may well get woken up tonight by a rumble of thunder, or some flashes of lightning across parts of the South.

“A lot of heavy rain falling in a short space of time as well.”

He said it could create a lot of spray and surface water on the roads for commuters on Thursday morning.

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Elsewhere, it will stay dry with temperatures mostly holding up in double figures across England and Wales, or staying at around 8C to 9C in towns and cities further north.

He said: “A cloudy start then to Thursday one way or another, still some heavy bursts of rain early on across the South West.

“That should tend to clear away, but always the likelihood of further showers across southern parts of England, Mid and South Wales.”

He added: “Parts of northwest Scotland, Northern Ireland, northwest England, much of the Midlands down towards East Anglia should have a fine and sunny day tomorrow.”


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