Met Office issue UK thunderstorm warning with ‘lightning to damage buildings’

Weather forecasters have warned of thunderstorms across the UK today (Wednesday, May 10) with "lightning", "hail" and "flash flooding" on the cards.

The Met Office issued a yellow-level weather warning for thunderstorms this morning, lasting until 8pm today. It covers Northern Ireland as well as most of the east of the UK.

People have been told: "There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

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"Delays to train services are possible.

"Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes."

The warning adds: "Where heavy showers develop, 15mm of rain could fall within an hour and possibly 25-30mm in 2-3 hours where showers become slow moving, along with lightning and hail."

Netweather forecaster Nick Innis also issued an alert this morning, lasting until 6am tomorrow (Thursday, May 11).

In it, he writes "increasing instability will support the development of scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms again".

The report states the south-east of England is most at risk from thunderstorms, with a 60% chance of them developing there.

Much of the rest of England as well as Northern Ireland have been deemed a 40% risk, whereas Wales and Scotland only a 20% risk.

The north of Scotland, the very south-west of England and the west coast of Wales are the only places where there is no risk, according to Netweather.

Innis adds: "Any storms may produce hail, gusty winds and localised flash flooding."

There are currently 33 flood alerts in place in the UK, and three flood warnings where "flooding is expected". These are for the River Brue and Glastonbury Millstream from Lovington to Highbridge, the River Cam and the River Clyst from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary.

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