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Met Office: Thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for UK

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More than half of the UK is swathed by yellow thunderstorm warnings, issued by the Met Office until Saturday. The forecaster has warned the heavy downpours could result in more flooding, with some areas expected to see as much as 80-100mm of rain in one day. And forecasters have predicted flooding as part of the alert, meaning we could see homes and businesses damaged by lightning and floodwater.

Both warnings are in place between 4am and midnight on Friday and Saturday, with road closures and delays to public transport services on the cards due to the dramatic deluge.

This morning, the weather warning covers from the West Midlands northwards to central Scotland, with forecasters predicting slow-moving thunderstorms with localised surface water impacts.

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Northern Ireland is expected to be particularly badly hit, and is completely covered by the yellow warning.

Scotland will also see more dramatic rainfall in parts – the Met Office has placed an additional yellow warning of rain on the local authorities Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

These regions are set to be drenched by persistent, occasionally heavy rain which will be accompanied by strengthening southeasterly winds, according to the forecaster.

Rainfall of 40-60mm is expected, which is likely to result in flooding and travel disruption, but the rain should clear to scattered heavy showers by this afternoon.

But the inclement weather will move northwards tomorrow, with all of mainland Scotland placed under thunderstorm warnings by 4am Saturday.

Meanwhile the BBC’s Carol Kirkwood has reiterated the need to be wary as the torrential rain wrapping the UK could bring more flooding.

It comes just days after Storm Evert whipped around parts of the country last week, ruining UK staycations with its gale-force winds. 

The Met Office has said another storm could be named if the weather washout carries on.

Scotland could be especially affected by flooding, with flood alerts already in place in 12 local authorities.

Spray and floodwater on roads could lead to difficult driving conditions, so drivers are encouraged to be vigilant.

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08:43 British weather to be a ‘washing machine’ this weekend

Britons can expect washing machine-like weather over the next few days, BBC weather has said. 

BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor said: “We are in the weather equivalent of the ‘rinse and spin’ cycle as low pressure sets up camp over the UK.” 

The forecaster added respite from the deluge should come on Tuesday. 

08:27 Met Office warnings issued for northern England and Scotland

What to expect

There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater. 

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

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

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