UK weather forecast: 'Danger to life' warning as thunder strikes UK risking power cuts

Whilst on Wednesday there is a Yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in eastern Scotland, by Thursday the area at risk will have swollen enormously to encompass much of Scotland and the vast majority of northern England down to Lincolnshire. The Met Office website explained: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause some travel disruption and flooding in places during Thursday afternoon and evening. There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes.

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It said that Wednesday evening would see “a band of rain, heavy at times” moving across northern and central areas.

But Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates forecast Thursday would see “some really sharp showers.”

He said these “will get going on Thursday afternoon - some slow moving thunderstorms quite likely and a warning in force on this.

“And again, quite a lot of rain falling in a short space of time.”

Meanwhile, BBC weather warned other parts of Europe will face “big thunderstorms” and heavy rainfall this week following the soaring heatwave conditions seen across the continent towards the end of June.

BBC Weather said the “very stormy” conditions endured across parts of southern Europe over the past 24 hours are set to continue this week.

BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms have been breaking out from parts of Iberia, through the Alpine region, the Adriatic with big thunderstorms developing around the Balkans as well.

“So, heavy showers developing again across this part of the world, bringing very big gusts of wind and also some hail too.”

“Showers will begin to break out across northern parts of Portugal and Spain.

Mr Schafernaker continued: “ You can see around the Alps and it also remains very cool around the Baltic temperatures only around in the upper teens.

"You can see lots of clouds and showers as well.

“A cool air stream coming straight south of Scandinavia.

“It means that these temperatures will be below average for the time of the year. Here are the showers once again breaking out in that heat across more southern parts of Europe.”

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