Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warnings as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

The Met Office issues yellow weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms across South Wales, southwest England, and Northern Ireland from May 12-13, 2024. Heavy showers and storms are expected to bring an abrupt end to the UK's brief warm spell, with temperatures potentially reaching 27°C on Sunday.

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Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warnings as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warnings as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms across South Wales, southwest England, and Northern Ireland from May 12-13, 2024. The warnings come as the UK is set to experience its hottest day of the year so far on Sunday, with temperatures potentially reaching 27°C before heavy showers and storms bring an abrupt end to the warm spell.

Why this matters: The severe weather warnings have significant implications for public safety, transportation, and infrastructure, highlighting the need for residents to take necessary precautions to minimize disruptions and potential harm. Moreover, the unpredictable weather patterns underscore the importance of climate monitoring and preparedness in the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

Three yellow thunderstorm warnings are in place for Sunday, affecting parts of western and central England and Wales from 1 pm to 11 pm. Another storm warning has been issued for the western half of Northern Ireland between 12 pm and 7 pm, while a third is in place for western parts of Scotland between 2 pm on Sunday and 3 am on Monday.

The Met Office warns that "flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds." Fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life. Heavy rain is also expected to hit south-west England, including Cornwall and Exeter, and southern Wales, with warnings in place for Monday.

Saturday saw all four home nations record their hottest days of the year so far, with temperatures peaking at 25.9°C in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. However, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge notes that the year-so-far records are "not likely to last long" as forecasters expect it to be even warmer on Sunday.

The Met Office advises those living in areas affected by the rain warnings to prepare for disruption to public transport and the possibility of some interruption to power supplies. Safety precautions include unplugging non-essential appliances, seeking shelter, avoiding using landlines during the storm, and staying away from metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning.

The yellow weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms remain in effect for South Wales and southwest England from May 12-13, 2024. Some intense downpours are possible in a few places, with 30-50 mm of rain potentially falling in a short period, leading to surface water flooding. The bad weather is expected to continue in Scotland until the early hours of Monday morning, bringing an abrupt end to the UK's brief taste of summer.

Key Takeaways

  • Yellow weather warnings issued for South Wales, southwest England, and Northern Ireland from May 12-13, 2024.
  • Heavy rain and thunderstorms expected, with potential for flooding and disruption to transport and power.
  • UK to experience hottest day of the year so far on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 27°C.
  • Fast-flowing or deep floodwater possible, causing danger to life.
  • Residents advised to take necessary precautions, including unplugging appliances and seeking shelter.