The Met Office has issued several rain and thunderstorm warnings for parts of the UK this week, with some areas included under an amber warning. The Met Office warn some areas of the UK could see thunderstorms and more than four inches (120mm) of rain accumulation.
A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Wednesday.
The Met Office warning is active from 12.45pm until 6pm on Wednesday, and it reads: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop today, with some slow moving ones possible for a time, which could produce 20-30 mm of rain in an hour and 40 to 60 mm in 3 hours, along with lightning.”
The Met Office has also issued a new yellow rain warning for parts of Yorkshire and the Humber, North West England and the East Midlands.
The yellow rain warning is active from 1pm on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.
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Windy thunderstorm forecast maps show thunderstorm activity for parts of Wales, northern, eastern and southern England on Wednesday afternoon, as well as over Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Additionally, WXCHARTS winter overview maps show widespread rain over most of the UK today.
According to the Met Office, a low-pressure system has meant heatwave conditions in the UK have been replaced with rain and storms in many areas.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said earlier this week rainfall amounts could vary in different areas.
Mr Willington said: “Not everywhere within the warning areas will see heavy rain, rainfall amounts will vary from place to place.
“The rainfall could lead to some surface water flooding and disruption before it eases and moves south through Thursday.”