The UK is about to have its biggest storm for a decade. This morning’s weather warning suggests it’s not the only one to come. There will be more rain soon, and it could be severe. The Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms on Friday, which could see flash floods and damaging winds.
The UK is preparing for flash floods across the country this summer, after a dry and warm spring. While there is no need to panic, many people are taking extra precautions to keep themselves and their homes safe, as the UK is prone to flash flooding, particularly during the summer.
On Wimbledon Common, a guy and his dog negotiate the puddles (Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock).
As the summer deluge continues, thunderstorm warnings are in effect throughout the nation.
Yellow warnings have been issued for large swaths of northern England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland today.
There is a danger of flooding for homes and businesses, as well as property damage from lightning strikes.
Standing water on the roadways and localized floods, according to the Met Office, may make driving dangerous, posing a risk of public transportation disruption.
Scotland is under a yellow weather warning until 11.59 p.m., while a second yellow weather warning for northern England, part of north Wales, and Northern Ireland expires at 9 p.m.
It comes after a rainy Saturday in many areas of the country, with flash flooding in portions of London and Glasgow as a result of heavy rain showers.
Although there may be some sunlight in eastern areas of England on Sunday morning, the weather will soon turn overcast as rain showers move in from the west, according to a Met Office spokesperson.
More heavy rain is predicted, putting the nation at danger of flash floods (photo: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock).
Even though there is no weather warning in effect, ‘heavy and thundery’ showers are predicted over most of the UK, with a few rays of sunlight thrown in for good measure.
Despite the rain, it will not be too cold, with temperatures in all four UK countries expected to reach the upper teens.
Despite the fact that summer has been a wet squib, experts say bright skies may be on the way later this month.
‘As we approach the end of August, there’s a chance we’ll see a hotter stretch of weather and drier, more stable weather throughout the UK,’ said Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell.
It may seem hard to believe, but this summer has been hotter and drier than usual, according to Ms Mitchell.
During a rainstorm in south London, walkers seek cover beneath umbrellas (photo: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock).
‘The weather hasn’t been very rainy on average, but we’ve heard a lot about the floods on the news.’ That’s why it may seem like a dreary summer, with little warmth or sunlight,’ she said.
The one exception, according to Ms Mitchell, has been the south east of England, which has been wetter than normal and has already received 111 percent of its typical July rainfall.
She went on to say that the hot weather in July was to blame for the heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The City of London, which has received 143 percent of its normal rainfall this summer, the Isle of Wight, which has received 174 percent, and Surrey, which has received 126 percent, have been the worst affected.
Scotland has only received 38% of its normal rainfall, according to Ms Mitchell, and “a few northern regions have been much, much drier.”
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