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Thunderstorm warnings in place amid travel disruption

  • By Oliver Slow & Andrew Rhoden-Paul
  • BBC news

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Watch: Cars in London rush through flood storm

Thunderstorms brought downpours and flooding to parts of the UK on Monday.

Cars can be seen plunging through deep water after flash floods in north-west London.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s victory parade was delayed by 30 minutes due to thunderstorms.

Weather warnings are in place across the country.

An amber thunderstorm warning is in place for an area of ​​north-west England and north Wales including Liverpool, Chester and Wrexham until 22:00 BST on Monday.

It is difficult to link specific weather events to climate change, but we do know that extreme weather is becoming more and more intense due to human-caused climate change.

Elsewhere, there are yellow thunderstorm warnings for much of Wales, a large swath of northern and western Scotland, a large area of ​​England including London and Manchester, and parts of North America. Ireland, in effect until 21:00 BST – this “may cause some disruption”, such as road closures and power cuts.

On Tuesday, there is a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of Northern Ireland and the western part of Scotland, from 12:00 BST to 21:00 BST.

BBC Weather meteorologist Stav Danaos said some thunderstorms in the Midlands had brought heavy downpours in many places, with Woburn in Bedfordshire seeing 26.4mm of rain in an hour on Monday afternoon.

Drumnadrochit, on the western shore of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, saw 32.4 mm in one hour, followed by another 10.6 mm in the next. Other parts of Scotland had their hottest day of the year so far, with Threave in Dumfries and Galloway reaching 30.1 degrees Celsius.

There are about 7,500 light strikes recorded nationwide, and more are expected.

Many of the club’s players – including star striker Erling Haaland – don’t mind the rain, taking off their shirts as they parade silver around the city.

Former Man City goalkeeper Shay Given told BBC Radio 5 Live he had experienced “rain, hail and wind – four seasons in an hour”.

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Thousands of Manchester City fans defied bad weather to join the club’s outdoor parade to celebrate the treble

The weather also disrupted travel.

Thunderstorms over the south of England on Sunday led to flight cancellations, with direct cancellations on Monday due to the plane going out of position. Several cancellations were also reported at London Heathrow.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has also issued an amber warning for hot weather until 09:00 BST on Tuesday in the West Midlands, East Midlands, east of England, South East and West Male.

That means high temperatures can affect people of all ages and affect health services.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, also issued a high air pollution warning on Tuesday, the second day of the year, due to high temperatures and pollution moving from Europe.

He urged people to avoid unnecessary car trips and instead walk, cycle or use public transport.


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