Met Office issues 13 hour thunderstorm warning as UK to be battered by wind and rain


Yellow weather warnings are engulfing much of Britain today (July 15) as wind and rain is set to batter the country.

In Scotland and northern England "thunderstorms and heavy showers" are expected to hit from 10am.

There are three separate and overlapping warnings in the northern half of the UK. A thunderstorm warning is in place for almost the entirety of Scotland and areas of England, including Newcastle, Carlisle and Lancaster.

Two separate bands of rain in Scotland have their own yellow weather warnings; Aberdeen down to the town of Crieff is set to experience heavy downpours, while the villages of Lybster and Dunbeath in the north east of the country, down to Inverness, will see its own deluge. However the worst of the rain should be over by the morning.

The entirety of South Wales and southern England, reaching up to Lincoln on the east coast, is swarmed by a yellow weather warning for high winds. The Met Office is warning that the "unseasonably" powerful gusts may cause power cuts and other significant disruption. The stormy winds are due to set in from around 9am and won't let up until past midnight tonight.

According to the Met Office, an "unseasonably windy day is likely" all day on Saturday from Land's End to Lincolnshire.

Travellers should expect "some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport" and it's possible that some will experience "short term loss of power".

"It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves" and there is expected to be "delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges".

The Met Office also warned that "some damage to trees or temporary structures such as marquees, tents & inflatables, could occur".

For the northern weather warning, the Met Office has warned those travelling on the roads that "there is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus" and that "delays to train services are possible".

Residents in the affected areas should brace for the possibility of "flooding" and there is the possibility of damage to buildings from "lightning strikes".

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