Intense downpours, flooding and hail on the way as UK storms continue

Massive downpours, thunderstorms and hail are expected to cause a second day of weather disruption in the UK today. 

Forecasters have warned that up to 9cm of rain could fall, after heavy showers and thunderstorms caused disruption on Saturday, flooding roads and railway lines in the south of England.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place across much of England and Wales, with parts of the south braced for more flooding and wind.

Met Office Meteorologist Craig Snell told that the outlook was similar to yesterday, explaining: ‘If you do see a thunderstorm, you may well see a lot of rain in a short period of time.’

‘There is scope that you could see 30 – 40mm of rain over an hour and 60 – 90mm over two to three hours’ in isolated areas, he added, suggesting it could lead to some flash flooding, while other areas could see some large hail and gusty winds. 

But he said while there was ‘quite a muggy feel to things out there’, some places ‘could stay completely dry’ with sunny spells seeing temperatures hit 25C.

It comes after heavy rain hit parts of the south of England on Saturday, with 24.1 mm of rain falling in just an hour in Canterbury, Kent.

Met Office Meteorologist Matthew Box added that some areas could be hit by multiple thunderstorms today, explaining: ‘We’re going to see essentially some pulses of potentially thundery showers pushing their way up from the channel through the course of the morning affecting southern counties.

‘In the afternoon we’ll see some home-grown showers develop across the southern half of England and then they’re all going to drift gradually northward.’

Warning of the risk of more flooding, Mr Box added: ‘It’s going to be a lively day on Sunday, or it’s got the potential to be.’

Yesterday’s stormy weather broke out in Kent before moving across Essex, where some places saw 40 mm of rain in around 40 minutes.

Downpours have caused disruption, with floods affecting businesses and many forms of transport.

In Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, the county’s Fire and Rescue Service were called to rescue two people and a dog after the car they were in became stuck in floodwater.

Greater Anglia trains said heavy rain flooded the railway, and debris, had delayed and cancelled trains between Colchester, also in Essex, and Marks Tey stations for several hours.

The Met Office said Writtle, a mile from Chelmsford, had 52.8 mm of rainfall in a 12-hour period.

Bad weather including rain and low cloud caused the cancellation of three commemorative flypasts by the Red Arrows on Saturday.

The RAF display team had planned to fly over London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast to commemorate 75 years since VJ Day. However, only the Belfast flypast took place.

In the areas not hit by rain, forecasters expect the rest of the weekend to be much cooler after a week of hot and humid weather.

The Lake District town of Keswick in Cumbria saw the mercury rise to 24.8C on Saturday.

The warm weather was far milder than much of the week, though, after temperatures rose above 34C for a record-breaking for six days in a row.

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