The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings to parts of England and Scotland this week after almost a month’s worth of rain fell in one day on Sunday. Today, Wednesday July 28, is the third of a four-day weather warning streak imposed by the forecaster. The warnings predict thunderstorms and heavy rain and come with the risk of flooding, which has already been wreaking havoc in some areas of the UK this July.
Today sees warnings engulfing most of Scotland, with a yellow thunderstorm warning across southern Scotland and a yellow warning of heavy rain from Glasgow and Edinburgh northwards.
An amber warning of prolonged heavy rain which could be a “danger to life” is in place in the Scottish Highlands, eastwards from Aberdeenshire.
The extreme weather warnings will remain active in the UK until tomorrow at the earliest.
The Met Office said the heavy rainfall would be likely to cause travel disruption and flooding.
“Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life,” the forecaster said.
The latest warnings for Scotland come after thunder and lightning gripped major parts of the UK, with one powerful lightning strike totally destroying a road in Milton, Portsmouth.
The Met Office, which shared a photo of the weather-blasted road, said: “Lightning will seek the path of least resistance often through taller objects, but not always.”
As well as the devastation caused by lightning, parts of the UK including London were rocked by flooding, with some homes and tube stations in the capital submerged in waist-height water, while hospital emergency departments lost power and were forced to close.
At one point passengers even required rescuing from a bus which had become stranded.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said the recent flash flooding showed “the dangers of climate change are now moving closer to home.”
Yesterday Mr Khan held a meeting with councils, Transport for London, the London Fire Brigade and the Environment Agency to discuss how flooding can be prevented and its impacts reduced.
He said London’s emergency services had received hundreds of calls about Sunday’s violent weather.
“The serious flash flooding in London over the last two weekends will have caused major concern and anxiety for many Londoners and it shows that the dangers of climate change are now moving closer to home” the recently re-elected mayor added.
“Despite having limited powers in the area, it remains a key priority for myself and London’s council leaders that more is done to urgently tackle flooding and the other impacts of climate change.
“This is why I have brought together all of the key partners to see what more can be done, including the water companies who have to address the localised issues with infrastructure that may exacerbate the impact of flooding.”
Mr Khan continued: “I continue to lobby the Government to devolve more funding and powers to local leaders to enable us to deal with both flooding and the wider impacts of climate change.
“COP26 this year provides an opportunity for the Government to show global leadership and give us the powers and resources we need to take even bolder action on climate change.”
The Met Office previously said an official study would have to be completed before any connections can be made between the erratic weather and climate change.
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