The Met Office’s yellow warning for thunderstorms – from 9am to midnight on Saturday – covers large swaths of England and Scotland. People with pre-existing health conditions and the elderly are also advised to pay attention to hot and humid weather due to health warnings due to yellow temperatures.
Via Sunita Patel-Carstairs and Reemul Balla, news reporters
Saturday, July 8, 2023 03:29, UK
A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued by the Meteorological Office for much of the UK – forecasting downpours that could lead to flash flooding.
The warning – in effect from 9am to midnight on Saturday – applies to large swaths of England and Scotland.
Commuters using public transport have been warned “in areas where floods or lightning strikes”, rail and bus services are likely to be delayed and cancelled, while riders vehicle may face difficult driving conditions and closed roads.
“Inundation of homes and businesses can happen quickly,” the Meteorological Office said, including power cuts, adding: “Rapid or deep floodwaters can be dangerous. to life.”
It comes after the Met Office forecast rain and thunderstorms over the weekend and into next week, potentially disrupting Wimbledon, following Friday’s high temperatures that led to a yellow health warning.
Temperature forecast across the country from 27-30C by the end of the week.
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UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and weather The agency has issued heat warnings through Sunday morning for London, the South East, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber.
People with pre-existing health conditions and the elderly are advised to pay attention to hot and humid weather.
Thunderstorms are expected Saturday night, however, cooling the conditions.
Met Office’s Grahame Madge said thunderstorms would be “spectacular” as they would run down the “backbone” of England.
Mr. Madge said: “There’s likely to be some pretty spectacular thunderstorms on Saturday running across the UK. Then we’ll be back to fresher conditions once that cold front has passed. switch over.”
Forecasts suggest that frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds may accompany the storms.
According to a spokesman for the weather agency, the temperature before the adverse weather is not “heatwave territory”.
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Mr Madge added: “The high temperatures in the 20s and potentially 30 degrees Celsius, could reach the threshold of a heatwave, but we don’t have the duration.”
Dr Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health advocacy at UKHSA, said: “The high temperatures are forecast to be short-lived, but mainly likely to have an impact. to people over 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions.
“If you have friends, family or neighbors who are more vulnerable, it’s important to check in with them and make sure they’re aware of the projections and are following the necessary advice.”
The Met Office forecasts temperatures will be highest in Southeast and East Anglia, peaking around 5pm on Saturday.
Rains are expected next week across parts of the UK and reduce the possibility of competing at Wimbledon.