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Brits braced for three days of heavy rain and storms – weather warnings in place

Brits are being warned to brace for three days of heavy rain with thunderstorm set to strike across most of the nation.

After a blistering heatwave saw the mercury push above 30C in many regions the temperature has now plummeted and rain has lashed the country, causing flooding.

The Met Office is now warning of severe weather right up until Thursday, with warnings in place for thunderstorms and rain across vast swathes of the UK.

Today, most of the country is affected by a yellow weather warning zone for thunderstorms, with only the south and western Scotland spared the worst of it.

Flooding has struck the country in recent days

Forecasters are warning Brits to expect thunderstorms and heavy rain which could lead to ‘flooding and transport disruption’ for those in the affected regions.

The Met Office said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during Tuesday across much of Wales, northern and central England.

“These will last well into the night across north Wales and north-west England in particular where they could be prolonged in places.”

Two women walks through heavy rain
The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts

Experts said that as much as 30 mm of rain could fall in as little as one hour and that some places could see 60 mm in a few hours.

Lightning and hail is also expected, while in the north and in Scotland people are being warned of the possibility for localised flooding.

And on Wednesday going into Thursday the miserable weather is set to continue in the north with Scots being warned to expect ‘persistent rainfall, heavy at times’ which could lead to more flooding and transport disruption.

UK weather warning map for Tuesday
The affected weather warning zone spans most of the country

The heavy rain has prompted the Environment Agency to declare 10 flood alerts for England, meaning flooding is possible and residents should be prepared.

The affected regions are mainly in the south east as well as in Somerset.

Met Office five-day UK weather forecast


Cloud and showery rain focused in the south and west at first. Cloud breaking to allow some sunnier gaps but further heavy downpours affecting some places by afternoon, the focus moving north and east. Reasonably warm in the east.


Showers continuing in places, especially in the north and towards western coasts. Showers probably merging into some longer spells of rain across parts of northern UK.


Rain, heavy and persistent in places continuing across parts of Scotland. Elsewhere sunshine and showers, these heavy with possible thunder in some central areas. Cooler for most. Breezy in south.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Sunny spells and showers for many. Showers heavy at times, with hail and thunder possible. A spell of rain, perhaps heavy, likely to affect the far south for a time.

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