New Met Office weather warnings will bring 54 hours of misery for most of the UK

The Met Office has issued three days of weather warnings this week and heavy rain is forecast to affect millions of Britons and could isolate some people in communities.

The Met Office forecasts heavy rain(James Linsell Clark / SWNS)

A series of weather warnings for heavy rain have been extended to England as the Met Office warns some communities may be isolated.

Yellow thunderstorm warnings are in force today for Northern Ireland, as well as the south-west and south-east of England. Another, for rain, covers large swaths of the country from London and the east of England, extending to the Midlands and as far north as Newcastle.

Similar rain warnings are in place for England and Scotland tomorrow and Thursday as millions of people are expected to be affected. Today’s yellow alert reads: “An area of ​​rain is expected to develop over eastern and central England and then move northwestwards to affect northern England and north Wales during Wednesday afternoon.

The warnings in force for tomorrow (Meteorological Office)

“The area of ​​rain could become slow, heavy and persistent, especially over the north-facing hills, before clearing during Thursday morning. “There is a lot of uncertainty about where exactly the heaviest rain will occur and this warning is likely to be updated.

“Many places will see between 30 and 40 mm of rain, while some areas may receive between 60 and 80 mm. There is also a small chance that some highland areas could see much higher totals, in the order of 100 to 150 mm”.

Storm warnings say there may be flash flooding on major roads, which could lead to cancellations of train and bus routes. There is a possibility of power outages due to lightning strikes. Today’s update has extended the warning to Wales and other parts of the west and south-west of England.

The thunder warning reads: “Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to develop in parts of south-west England, Wales and the West Midlands during the afternoon before slowly clearing overnight. Many places will be spared the worst, but where they develop , some Heavy, slow-moving rain is possible, with accumulations of 20-30 mm in about 1 hour, and a minor chance of 40-50 mm in 2-3 hours in some places frequent lightning strikes are also possible and hail.

Today’s warnings are in force from midday to 9pm, tomorrow’s from midnight to 6am in England and from 12pm to 6pm in Scotland, while Thursday’s are also from midnight to 6am.