People are being warned that there is a continuing threat of thunderstorms across the UK today (Friday 24 June), after the Met Office first issued a weather warning yesterday.
These storms may cause torrential rain, lightning, gusty winds and hail, and as a result a yellow weather warning which was issued on Thursday 23 June remains in place.
The Met Office has advised people to be cautious as this could cause flooding which may pose a threat to life.
So, when and where will the thunderstorms be, how can you keep safe and why are yellow weather warnings issued?
Here’s everything you need to know.
When will the thunderstorms be?
The thunderstorms are expected to happen today (Friday 24 June), and could happen between 1pm and 10pm.
These storms will become more frequent from mid-afternoon and last into the evening in places, according to the Met Office.
What will the impact of the thunderstorms be?
Showers and thunderstorms are likely to bring periods of heavy rain, lightning and hail in places this afternoon.
Experts have warned that there is a small chance floods could occur because of the thunderstorms.
In a few places between 20mm and 30mm of rain could fall in one or two hours.
These torrential downpours may be accompanied by frequent lightning, and gusty winds and hail may also affect a few places.
There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly by this amount of rain, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
There is also a small chance that fast flowing or deep flood water may cause a danger to life.
Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there may be delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures too.
There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
Some communities may become cut off by flooded roads as well.
Is there a thunderstorm today in my area?
According to a thunderstorm tracker from the Met Office, the storm may hit the following areas:
North East England
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- North Tyneside
- Redcar and Cleveland
- South Tyneside
North West England
SW Scotland, Lothian Borders
- Dumfries and Galloway
- East Lothian
- Midlothian Council
- Scottish Borders
Yorkshire and Humber
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- North Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
The exact location of the thunderstorms will be hard to pinpoint, however, so the warning area will be kept under review and updated if necessary by the Met Office.
We will also keep this article updated throughout the day.
How can I keep safe in a thunderstorm?
If a thunderstorm strikes in your area, there are multiple ways you can keep yourself safe.
First of all, seek shelter. This is because when you hear thunder you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur as lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.
If you find yourself outside and are not able to go indoors it may be advisable to squat close to the ground with hands on knees and with head tucked between them.
Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground and stay away from trees and water.
Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing, rails and metal poles, so avoid using such items and stay away from them.
For more information on staying safe in a thunderstorm, visit the Met Office website.
When are yellow weather warnings issued?
The Met Office states that they issue yellow weather warnings in two instances.
Many are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.
Other yellow warnings are issued when the weather could bring much more severe impacts to the majority of people but the certainty of those impacts occurring is much lower.