The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms across northern England and Scotland, which is set to come into effect from 13:00 on Sunday, 25th June 2023, until 21:00 on the same day. The warning highlights the potential for disruption and localised flooding as a result of these intense weather conditions.
Meteorologists are cautioning residents and businesses in the affected areas to be prepared for the possibility of flooding, lightning strikes, large hail, and strong winds. Although the risk is small, there is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded rapidly, leading to potential damage to buildings and temporary outdoor structures.
In addition, communities in certain areas may experience temporary isolation due to flooded roads, posing challenges to transportation and accessibility. Both train and bus services might encounter delays and cancellations in areas impacted by flooding or lightning strikes.
Motorists are advised to exercise caution as spray and sudden flooding can result in treacherous driving conditions. Some road closures may be implemented to ensure public safety. Power cuts are also a slight possibility, which could affect homes and businesses, potentially disrupting essential services.
The Met Office has stated that while some uncertainty remains, cooler conditions are expected to follow from the west, providing a conducive environment for the development of thunderstorms across northern Britain. There is a chance that an organised line of thunderstorms could form during Sunday afternoon, gradually moving eastwards towards the North Sea in the evening. Eastern parts of the warning area, including northeast England and eastern Scotland, are more likely to experience these weather conditions.
Rainfall amounts are predicted to vary significantly, with certain locations potentially experiencing 30-40 mm of rainfall within 1-2 hours. Alongside heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, large hail measuring up to 3 cm in diameter, and strong, gusty winds will pose additional hazards during thunderstorms.
The Met Office advises residents in the affected regions to stay updated on the latest weather forecasts and warnings, take necessary precautions, and follow any instructions or guidance provided by local authorities.