Ryanair Warns of Flight Disruptions as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

Ryanair warns of potential flight disruptions due to a 10-hour thunderstorm warning in Liverpool and western UK on May 12, 2024. The Met Office issues a yellow alert for thunderstorms with heavy showers, hail, lightning, and gusty winds from midday to 10 pm on Sunday.

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Ryanair Warns of Flight Disruptions as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

Ryanair Warns of Flight Disruptions as Thunderstorms Threaten UK

Ryanair has issued a warning to passengers about potential flight disruptions due to a 10-hour thunderstorm warning in Liverpool and the west of the UK on May 12, 2024. The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for thunderstorms with heavy showers, effective from midday to 10 pm on Sunday.

Why this matters: This warning highlights the potential for severe weather events to disrupt critical infrastructure and daily life, underscoring the need for robust emergency preparedness and response measures. As the UK faces more frequent and intense weather events, understanding the impact on transportation and daily life becomes increasingly important.

The warm weather that has been enjoyed across the UK is expected to break in spectacular fashion on Sunday afternoon. Saturday was confirmed as the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 25.9C (78.6F) in Herstmonceux, West End, East Sussex. Sunday is expected to be even hotter and more humid, with temperatures potentially reaching 27C (81F) or even 28C (82F) in the South East.

However, thunderstorms will move in from the West, bringing 30mm to 50mm (1.2ins to 2ins) of rain in just a few hours, along with hail, lightning, and gusty winds. "Sunday will be hotter and more humid, up to 27C or even 28C in the South East. However, thunderstorms will move in from the West and could bring 30mm to 50mm of rain in just a few hours, along with hail, lightning, and gusty winds," said Kirsty McCabe, Sky News weather presenter.

The Met Office yellow warning covers northwest England, most of Wales, much of central England, and the South West. Western and central Northern Ireland will be the first to be hit, with areas such as Derry, Omagh, Enniskillen, and Newry warned of difficult driving conditions, power cuts, and flooding.

The thunderstorm warning states there is a chance of isolated flooding and public transport disruptions. "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out on Sunday morning, most likely across southwest England and Wales, but possibly also across western Northern Ireland too," said Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris. "Some intense downpours are possible in a few places, giving up to 30mm in less than hour and perhaps 40-50mm over two to three hours. Hail, frequent lightning strikes and strong wind gusts will be additional localised hazards."

The Met Office forecast for Liverpool predicts light showers at 5pm, thunderstorms from 6pm to 7pm, and rain continuing until 10pm. Temperatures will remain warm, with highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C. There is a 40% chance that the thunderstorms will miss Bristol altogether, but temperatures will drop below 20°C by tea-time on Sunday, and Monday will be distinctly chilly by comparison.

The thunderstorm warning and potential for flight disruptions come as the UK experienced a severe solar storm on Friday night, causing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) to be visible in parts of southern England. The G5 geomagnetic storm hit Earth on Friday, causing several coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and allowing many to see the Northern Lights in areas where they usually can't.

Key Takeaways

  • Ryanair warns of potential flight disruptions due to 10-hour thunderstorm warning in Liverpool and west UK on May 12, 2024.
  • Met Office issues yellow alert for thunderstorms with heavy showers, hail, lightning, and gusty winds from midday to 10pm on Sunday.
  • Temperatures to reach 27C (81F) or 28C (82F) in South East before thunderstorms bring 30mm to 50mm of rain in a few hours.
  • Warning covers northwest England, Wales, central England, South West, and western Northern Ireland, with risk of flooding and transport disruptions.
  • Thunderstorms may cause isolated flooding, power cuts, and difficult driving conditions, with intense downpours and strong wind gusts possible.