Met Office issues thunderstorm warning for much of northern England

A warning of thunderstorms and heavy showers has been issued for much of northern England, despite sunnier weather elsewhere.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning from 11am to 9pm on Tuesday, covering much of Yorkshire, the East Midlands and parts of the north west and north east of England.

He said lightning could damage some buildings and structures, with short-term power outages and flooding possible.

Forecasters have warned that there is a high chance that traffic conditions “will be affected by sea spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer car and bus journey times”, and Delays in train services are also possible.

The Met Office said showers would develop throughout Tuesday, becoming heavy with a few thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening.

Some locations will move slowly due to lightning, hail and heavy rain, and a few locations could see 20-30mm of rain in an hour.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said there would be “fairly heavy showers” in some areas, but other places in the warning zone would see a “dry and sunny day”.

She said: “Not everywhere in this warning zone will be one of these heavy showers or a thunderstorm.

“They’re boiling and it’s not really possible to give an exact location for every storm or downpour.

“It’s a bit like looking at a pot of water: you know that the whole pot once on the stove is going to get hot, but you don’t know where the bubbles are going to come from when the water boils. »

Much of the rest of the UK is expected to experience dry with clearing conditions on Tuesday, with temperatures in London above 20C.

Ms Maxey said there would be a “warming trend” across much of the country as the week progressed, with “lots of fine dry weather for the rest of the week and into the weekend for many”.

Temperatures so far this month have been a few degrees colder than their seasonal average, affecting small businesses that rely on tourism or foot traffic in early summer.

The UK has experienced the first 10 coolest days of June since 2020, in contrast to the hottest June on record this time last year, when it was as hot as 32.2C in Lincolnshire and Surrey.

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