The UK Met-Office has just issued a warning for Thunderstorms for a large part of England as the UK enjoys its hottest day of the year so far.
The warning issued early says:
Many places staying dry, but isolated thunderstorms may cause some travel disruption.
What to expect
- Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes
- Some short term loss of power and other services is likely
- Delays to train services are possible
- Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures
- There is a small chance that driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus
Along with some very hot weather today, a few thunderstorms are likely to break out during the late afternoon and evening. Where thunderstorms do occur frequent lightning is expected, along with gusty winds. Unlike many days with thunderstorms over the UK, relatively little in the way of heavy rain is expected. However, a few places may be unlucky and catch a heavy downpour, perhaps even with some hail, and as much as 15-20 mm rain could fall in less than an hour, most likely in Eastern England.