The Met Office has warned a cluster of lightning storms will pass over the UK in a matter of hours. Forecasters have three warnings in place for the UK, two over England and Wales, and one for Northern Ireland. Together, they sum up potentially devastating effects from the latest summer heatwave.
The Met Office warnings state extreme heat will hit Northern Ireland, followed by thunderstorms and wind in England and Wales.
The wind warning debuts first in just a few hours at 3pm, and will last for nine until 11.59pm.
Forecasters predict people living in two regions, London and South East England and South West England, will feel its effects.
The thunderstorm warning is much more expansive, and covers several areas from 8pm today to tomorrow night.
The rest of the warning reads: “Further slow-moving thunderstorms will develop by Saturday afternoon across southern counties of England, easing only slowly through the evening.
“Not all places affected but where they occur, a renewed threat of torrential rainfall and flooding, some locations seeing 30 to 50 mm within an hour or two.
“Lightning, large hail and locally gusty winds could pose additional hazards.”
The warning states there is a risk of flooding to homes and businesses, travel delays and power cuts.
The following areas are included in the thunderstorm warning:
East MidlandsEast of England
- Central Bedfordshire
London & South East England
- Bracknell Forest
- Brighton and Hove
- East Sussex
- Greater London
- Isle of Wight
- Milton Keynes
- West Berkshire
- West Sussex
- Windsor and Maidenhead
South West England
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole
- Isles of Scilly
- North Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Neath Port Talbot
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Vale of Glamorgan