Met Office weather warning: Storm alert EXTENDED – rain, lightning and hail to batter UK

Met Office weather warnings have been extended today, as the agency alters its previous advisories to accommodate a series of new potential effects from encroaching systems. People across the |UK may find themselves at risk of experiencing flooding, heavy rain and lightning. 

Previous Met Office weather warnings extended along a sliver of the west coast, but forecasters now believe they will stretch eastwards.

New warnings from the agency show Northern Ireland and the coast from Plymouth to Glasgow will experience heavy rain and flooding this afternoon. 

The alert area extends inward to London and as far east as Norwich. 

In the southeast, people will feel the inclement weather as far as Royal Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Maidstone. 


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The warning states people will see inches of rain fall in an hour, as torrential downpours push thunderstorms into the evening.

The Met Office said: “Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out across many parts of the UK again on Wednesday afternoon.

“Some places will miss them, but where they do occur they will bring torrential downpours with 25 to 35 mm rain falling in an hour and perhaps 50 to 60 mm in 2 to 3 hours in one or two places.

“Lightning and hail will be additional hazards. These showers and thunderstorms will only slowly die out through the evening.”

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