Met Office weather warning: Yellow alerts issued as thunderstorms heading for UK today

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning across Britain as intense downpours are expected today, replacing the glorious sunshine seen in parts yesterday. Areas across the UK are set to experience heavy rain and thunderstorms which will likely lead to flash flooding and travel disruption. The Met Office weather warning map shows the weather warning covers almost the entire country for 24 hours and some areas 48 hours. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will be arriving tonight and will likely lead to flash floods and travel disruption.

Although the country will experience wet weather, the rain will not bring cold with it as temperatures are predicted to soar into the 20s creating a feeling of humidity.

Rising temperatures coupled with low pressures could create large cumulonimbus clouds, which are dense, towering vertical clouds forming from water vapor carried by powerful upward air currents.

If seen during a storm, these clouds may be referred to as thunderheads.

The storms will arrive tonight after dry and sunny weather experienced  in much of Britain yesterday.

Today will be very warm and humid, with showery rain expected in the southwest extending north in other western and perhaps central parts.

Mother others areas will stay dry and bright, with increasingly hazy sunshine. 

Tonight, the rain will turn heavier across central and northern parts with a risk of thunder. 

It will become increasingly murky across eastern Scotland and will be drier further south with a risk of more thundery rain.

From tomorrow, heavy rain and  thunder will affect northern England and Scotland.

Elsewhere some sunshine will develop, but heavy showers and thunderstorms will also break out.

Alongside the yellow weather warning on its website, the Met Office said: "Thunderstorms may develop bringing torrential rain and lightning, with possible flooding and disruption to travel."

It added that homes and businesses could be "flooded quickly", with damage to some buildings from "floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds" expected.

There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.

Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of travel delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

Spray and sudden flooding could also cause difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

There is also a risk of power cuts leaving many without electricity, as well as spray on the roads that could cause traffic chaos.

The yellow weather warnings are in place right from the very north coast of Scotland down to Land's End.

The warning is in place from midnight until tomorrow, with the southeast experiencing the poor weather on Tuesday as well.

But once the storms clear, the UK is set for a hot week.

Next Wednesday and Thursday are set to be the hottest of the year so far — with the temperature reportedly reaching the 30C mark and above.

After such a cool and wet start to summer, many places are set to see scorching weather through next week.

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