Map shows where thunderstorms are due to hit the UK today

Millions of people across the UK woke up this morning to rain bouncing off the pavement outside and drainpipes overflowing. Welcome to August.

But for many of us, there are concerns this might not just be yet another spell of wet weather.

The Met Office has issued a series of yellow warnings, which cover a significant chunk of England and Wales for most of today.

There are three in total, indicating (from north to south) heavy rain, thunderstorms and wind.

Chances are, if you are living south of Middlesbrough – but aren’t in Lancashire – you’ll be covered by one of the warnings.

To be certain though, you can check our map below.

If you are within one of the yellow blobs, have a look at the Met Office website to find out more details about the warning and what to expect.

The Met Office has warned that in the area covered by the thunderstorm warning there will ‘probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes’.

Forecasters warn that motorists and bus riders should expect longer journey times while train passengers will likely see delays too, though driving is discouraged unlesss it’s a ‘must’.

‘Some short-term loss of power and other services is likely,’ the national weather service added.

The rain warning covering much of Yorkshire and thunderstorm warning for most of central England and Wales are both in effect until 8pm, while the wind alert for the south coast lasts until 6pm.

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