UK weather: Met Office forecasts 'warm and humid' conditions
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The Met Office has issued a number of amber weather warnings for thunderstorms in a wake of a weekend which saw torrential downpours trigger flash flooding across the country. Heavy thunderstorms and showers are expected to unleash travel chaos and some localised flooding in the impacted areas.
The Met Office amber weather warning for thunderstorms is in effect from 12pm to 10pm on Tuesday.
The warning reads: “Showers will break out widely across much of Scotland from late morning, turning heavy in the afternoon.
“While many places will miss the heaviest showers, where they do occur 20mm to 40mm could fall in an hour with locally 60mm to 80mm in a few hours.
“Showers will start to merge to longer spells of rain in the evening, but easing in intensity.”
The Met Office has also issued an amber weather warning for rain.
The warning runs from 6am on Wednesday to 6am on Thursday.
It reads: “Rain will turn persistent across much of the north of Scotland through Wednesday and overnight into Thursday with some heavy outbreaks.
“This will lead to large accumulations building, most likely across the eastern part of the Great Glen and around Inverness where accumulations of 80mm to 100mm are possible in 24 hours with 60mm more widely across this area.
“Given the rainfall of recent days this is expected to lead to some surface water flooding and disruption.
“The rain eases and moves south through Thursday.”
There are also several yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and rain across the country.
One of these warnings is in force from 9am on Tuesday until 6am.
The warning advises of heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during Tuesday across much of Wales, northern and central England.
The rains will last well into the night across north Wales and north-west England in particular where they could be prolonged in places.
Up to 1.2 inches (30mm) of rain is possible in around one or two hours and a few places could see around 2.4 inches (60mm) in three to six hours.
Lightning and hail may pose additional hazards in a few locations.
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The wet and stormy weather is due to continue for most of this week.
The Met Office forecast reveals cloudy and showery on Tuesday, continuing on Wednesday and Thursday through to Saturday.
There will be a mix of sunny spells and showers for many from Thursday and Saturday.
Showers heavy at times, with hail and thunder possible with a spell of rain, perhaps heavy, likely to affect the far south for a time.
Into early August, the weather is expected to remain just as mixed and changeable.
The forecast predicts some areas seeing a mixture of dry and sunny periods with showers and some longer spells of rain at times.
Over the coming weekend, sunny spells and showers will hit many areas.
The downpours are expected to become confined to eastern and northern parts of the UK with the driest areas in the west and southwest.
From the middle of next week, there will be continued sunny spells but also some heavy showers – with perhaps some prolonged periods of rain at times.
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