Flash floods, inches of rain, lightning and 60mph winds batter Britain

Well, it is August! Flash floods, four inches of rain, lightning and 60mph winds will batter Britain as thunderstorms sweep in today and tomorrow

  • Britons weekends may be a washout as The Met Office releases yellow weather warnings for parts of the UK 
  • Parts of Britain will see four inches of rain fall, lighting and winds of up to 60mph as thunderstorms arrive 
  • Some business and home owners have been warned there is a small chance they could be flooded in storm
  • Rain and wind battered Boris Johnson as he represented the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade in Sandhurst

Britain is set to be battered by flash floods, four inches of rain, lightning and 60mph winds as thunderstorms sweep in today and tomorrow. 

Britons hoping to make the most of their weekend may be met with a washout after The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms for the north of England and Scotland.

Going into the weekend residents have been warned that there is a small chance their homes and business could be flooded when the slow-moving, heavy downpours arrive on Friday.

The wet and windy weather made an appearance at Sandhurst, Berkshire, on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended the Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy on behalf of the Queen.  

The wet conditions are expected to persist into Saturday with some thunder, all of which The Met Office has advised may cause travel disruption.

The thunderstorms warning spans from Nottingham and northern Wales all the way up to Fort William, Scotland, for Friday. Areas hit by the storms could receive as much as 1.2 inches of rain in the space of just an hour.

Britain is set to be battered by flash floods, four inches of rain, lightning and 60mph winds as thunderstorms sweep in today and tomorrow. Pictured: Guests shield themselves from the rain as they arrive at the Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst

On Saturday, the thunderstorms will edge west, no longer affecting Nottingham and parts of the north east, including Hull and Lincoln, and instead spreading across to Northern Ireland and to more southern parts of Wales.

Parts of Northern Ireland have already started to feel the effects of the stormy weather, with Berry Street in Belfast, beginning to flood – affecting several business. 

People in Edinburgh and surrounding areas should expect persistent heavy rain on Friday which may cause local flooding and some travel disruption. 

The rain across the northeast of Scotland is expected to ease later on Friday to make way for a mixture of sunny spells and heavy downpours while those in the south can expect blustery winds – with the same expected to continue on Saturday.

Going into this evening, the showers will die out for many but continue in the north with a risk of persistent rain across parts of north Wales and northwest England. 

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We do have a very unsettled weekend in prospect, with a lot of it covered by a thunderstorm and rain warnings.

‘We have got an area of low pressure which will be milling around over the UK bringing rain to quite large parts, so I think everywhere can expect to see quite heavy showers.’

He added: ‘We know the footprint of where we think the heaviest rainfall will be, but it’s like a boiling saucepan: you will get bubbles coming up, and trying to pinpoint where the next bubble will be is virtually impossible.’


The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms for the north of England and Scotland which are predicted to edge west on Saturday – instead spreading across to Northern Ireland and to more southern parts of Wales.

The Prime Minister, who was also battered with his fair share of rain, decided to ditch his umbrella as he walked along a row of military personnel in the downpour

Guests were seen arriving at Sandhurst shielding themselves from the heavy and blustery downpours with umbrellas while others opted to brave the rain (pictured)

The Sun also reports that some areas could see winds of up to 60mph. 

Going into the new week The Met Office predicts heavy showers in the north on Sunday with sunnier spells in the south. 

But the heavy rain will make a comback in many areas on Monday before Tuesday is expected to be mostly dry with some spells of sunshine. 

Guests were seen arriving at Sandhurst shielding themselves from the heavy and blustery downpours with umbrellas while others opted to brave the rain.

The Prime Minister, who was also battered with his fair share of rain, decided to ditch his umbrella as he walked along a row of military personnel in the downpour.

Meanwhile, in Nottingham, spectators shelter from the rain under large umbrellas during day two of the First LV= Insurance test match between England and India at Trent Bridge.

In Nottingham, spectators shelter from the rain under large umbrellas during day two of the First LV= Insurance test match between England and India at Trent Bridge

Others decided to adopt some more unique methods to protect themselves from the showers, with some wearing ponchos and sombreros to match.

The UK recorded its joint fifth warmest July on record this year after a heatwave that saw the first extreme heat warning.

In contrast, the second half of the month saw some areas hit by intense downpours which caused flooding.       

Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey stressed the weather may still be under an ‘Atlantic influence’, with showers in the North and West, adding: ‘We are likely to see potential for thunderstorms through much of this week.’

The average temperature for August is 70.5F (21.4C) in southern England and 66F (19C) in the UK as a whole. Ms Maxey added: ‘There’s little signal we’re going to see any exceptionally hot temperatures.’  

Forecasts again say ‘torrential downpours are likely in some places’, while ‘there is a risk of strong winds at times for some’. Miss Maxey said accumulations of rain in areas receiving a couple of thunderstorms could be high.

Others decided to adopt some more unique methods to protect themselves from the showers, with some wearing ponchos and sombreros to match

But she added that it was ‘quite usual to receive most of the month’s rain in two to three bursts during the summer months’. The thunder could bring more flooding and make driving conditions difficult due to surface water and poor visibility. 

An improvement in the weather is likely in the second half of next week. Miss Maxey said: ‘From the 10th, 11th up to late August, there’s some indication that we might see more settled weather as an area of high pressure moves in. 

‘But we’ll continue that Atlantic influence, so it’s unlikely to be a situation where temperatures build day by day, as happened in July. It could mean dry conditions become more prevalent but with the risk of showers and thunderstorms.

‘Temperatures are due to turn higher than average but there’s little signal we’re going to see any exceptionally hot weather for the second half of the month.’

Miss Maxey said it was too early to give further details about the warm conditions. Temperatures over the coming days are only set to reach highs of 70F (21C) to 72F (22C) in northern and southern areas of England and Wales.  

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