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Alert: flooding and thunderstorms to cause travel chaos across the UK

The Met Office has warned of train delays and treacherous road conditions

Written by
Faima Bakar

The summer heat is truly over, and thunderstorms and flooding are swiftly on the way. The Met Office has warned that travel disruption is to be expected as the extreme weather will cause train delays and treacherous road conditions across the UK.

Parts of England and Wales have been issued with a yellow thunderstorm warning, with flooding and difficult driving conditions expected, as well as delays to bus and car journeys affected by spray, standing water, hail and gusty winds.

Most of Wales, including Cardiff, and areas from Devon to the north of Stoke-on-Trent, are all to be affected by severe weather. Flooding is possible as well as up to 80mm of rainfall within just three hours. 

From 2pm today until early on Tuesday morning, heavy rain may go on for hours in some areas and cause damage to buildings and businesses due to lightning strikes or gusty winds.

A Met Office spokesperson said the conditions should clear by the weekend, but added that there was a possibility there could be unsettled weather beyond that. 

They said: ‘The main factor leading our weather in the next few days and indeed through the week is an area of low pressure that’s coming to the west of the UK. And it sits there through the week, very slowly moving eastward.

‘From that area of low pressure we’ll get a number of fronts that are sort of spinning off it, as well as the thunderstorms which are being pushed up from the south.

‘We’ve also got a cold front that's moving eastward off of that low pressure, bringing further rain as well.’

Keep up-to-date with the weather warnings here.

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