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A two-hour ‘monster storm’ will chuck down two full inches of rain tomorrow

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for some parts of England and Wales

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Remember that godawful heatwave of just a few days ago? Well, for huge swathes of the UK, all that’s about to get well and truly washed away. The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for Friday, with some areas expected to see two inches of rain in just two hours. We could even see hail. Truly wild stuff.

The yellow warning is in place from 10am to 10pm on Friday, with the peak of the thunderstorms expected in the afternoon. 

The warning isn’t in place for all of the UK: it’s mostly for southwest and southeast England and parts of Wales. The affected area stretches from Torquay and Carmarthen in the west to Gloucester and Brighton in the east, also covering the likes of Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Salisbury and Portsmouth.

A yellow weather warning from the Met Office means that you can expect delays due to lightning strikes and flooding and an increased likelihood of power cuts. Flooding and spray will likely also make driving conditions a bit worse, too. 

In any case, we assure you that two inches of rain in just two hours is a heck of a lot – so be careful. You can see a map of areas that the Met Office predicts will be affected here.

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