Thunderstorms set to sweep across Greater Manchester as Met Office issues a 'yellow' weather warning

By John Scheerhout

The Met Office today (Tuesday) issued a yellow weather warning with thunderstorms forecast to sweep through the north of England on Thursday.

A week of hot and sunny weather is set to continue tomorrow (Wednesday) with temperatures topping an unseasonal 28C in Greater Manchester.

But the weather is set to turn on Thursday morning.

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Forecasters predict 'heavy showers and thunderstorms' across the north of England from 11am on Thursday, with the chance of some flooding.

The Met Office has issued a 'yellow' weather warning.

Its warning says: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms on Thursday have the potential to bring surface water flooding in a few places, and disruption to travel.

"What to expect

"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

Met Office yellow weather warning for Thursday (Met Office)

"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.

"There is a small chance that some rural communities could temporarily become cut off by flooded roads."

Adding further detail to their Thursday forecast, the warning continues: "Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening.

"Whilst most areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are possible in a few places. Where these occur, there is potential for 20 to 30 mm of rain in less than an hour and up to 40 mm in 2 hours.

"This would have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area.


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