UK weather warning: Met Office issues flood alerts as lightning storms to smash Britain

Yellow warnings for rain have been put in place for this evening and for Tuesday across swathes of Britain, as the remnants of Hurricane Humberto head in. Heavy downpours are expected to strike in western England, including Manchester and Birmingham, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland. Up to 70 mm of rain even potentially falling in some places. 

The Met Office said: “Although some places will stay dry, heavy rain may cause some localised flooding and travel disruption.“

The flood warning for today will be lifted at 8pm.

Meanwhile, torrential rain will make Tuesday morning a washout for many regions in the south-west of England and Wales. 

The flood alert will be in place from midnight to 3pm on Tuesday.

But the clouds will clear for a brighter day on Wednesday, according to weather experts Meteogroup. 

They said: “Many areas will start off dry with spells of sunshine on Monday, although with some rain for northern Scotland. 

“During the day outbreaks of rain will push up from the south-west into southern and western parts of the UK. The north and east will hold onto drier and brighter conditions.

“Monday night will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain pushing north-eastwards across the UK through the night, some heavy with the risk of thunder. Staying drier for the Northern Isles with some clear spells. 

“During the early hours, heavy and more persistent rain will push into southern England and Wales.

“Tuesday will be an unsettled day tomorrow with spells of heavy rain pushing northwards across much of the UK. Drier for Northern Ireland and northern Scotland. 

“A brighter day on Wednesday with some sunny spells but with a scattering of showers.”

The warnings come after people enjoyed the last rays of summer sun on Saturday before the remains of hurricane Humberto bring wet and windy weather.

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The Met Office recorded highs of 25.7C (78F) at Valley near Holyhead in Wales yesterday.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “There was plenty of sunshine out there. There was barely any clouds across most of the UK.

“Obviously at this time in September it averages 17 or 18 in the south and about 14 in the north.”

However, this unusually warm weather is set to come to an abrupt end on Saturday night as the remains of hurricane Humberto hit the western side of Britain.

Ms Mitchell said that the last of the category three storm has left Bermuda and is travelling across the Atlantic towards the UK.

Much of the tropical weather system has dissipated but it is still likely to bring an area of low pressure that will see an end to the current pleasant conditions.

She said: “There is a lot set to change tonight. We have got some heavy rainfall coming, mainly in the west. It will come in from Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England.

“The rain is set to come in tonight and it will be quite cloudy and wet from tonight into tomorrow, where we will start to see that heavy rain arrive.”

She added: “We have got a low pressure system coming from the Atlantic from tomorrow that will drive the rain in from the west.

“Into next week it’s going to be quite unsettled. Some of these weather systems are the remnants of hurricane Humberto.”

The meteorologist said that the warm air from the continent that caused Saturday’s sunny weather is likely cause more rain as these two weather systems collide.

“It means it’s quite a moist atmosphere, which often brings some heavier rain. The outlook into the start of October does look to stay largely changeable.”

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