Heavy rain and lightning to lash Brits for 10 hours in Met Office weather alert

Brits are in store for heavy lashing with thunderstorms, with rainfall and lightning likely to strike today.

The Met Office has warned the hot weather could come crashing down with the latest alert.

The warning, in place from 11am Wednesday 9pm will bring severe disruption and send temperatures plummeting.

The south west will see the worst of the weather with parts of Cornwall, all of Plymouth and Devon included in the alert.

Flooding could damage homes and businesses, as hail and lightning are set to bash Brits.

For tomorrow, Thursday, a larger alert is in place for Wales and northern England with more storms moving in.

All of Northern Ireland is also affected, unable to escape the lashing ahead.

The second weather warning is also in place for nine long hours, from 11am until 8pm.

Public transport is likely to be disrupted in the worst-affected areas, with Birmingham, Nottingham, Hull, Manchester and Newcastle, all under the scope of the storms.

The adverse weather will sweep across most of England and Wales, with only the south and east safe from the heavy downpours.

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It comes after Brits enjoyed scorching temperatures, with hopes the mini-heatwave hitting sweltering 30C this week.

Despite the looming storms, it's said areas in the north west saw highs of 28C on Tuesday as the sunshine warmed most areas of the UK and brought dry conditions.

However, mercury is set to take a cool turn with showers on the horizon towards the end of the week, bringing a miserable end to the heatwave.

The warm weather came following a washout August with Brits believing it was one of the worst summers in recent years for sunshine and hot temperatures.

Despite the feeling of wasted school holidays, the Met Office says it could still be one of the summers that saw the highest temperatures recorded, as heatwaves swept across the UK even if they were replaced with cloudy skies and thunderstorms.

The Met Office warning says: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures."

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