Severe weather warning as thunderstorms bring month's worth of rain

Severe weather warning as thunderstorms bring month's worth of rain

Severe weather warning as thunderstorms bring month's worth of rain

Blistering highs of 38.7C (101F) were recorded in Cambridge last week, making it the hottest summer day in United Kingdom history.

The Met Office say the heavy rain is likely and there is a "chance of flooding in places and possible travel disruption".

In its detailed forecast for Tuesday, it added: "Thunderstorms and outbreaks of heavy rain will arrive across the far southwest early on Tuesday and then spread further northeast across England and Wales whilst also increasing in frequency during the day".

All 22 of Wales' local authorities are covered, and the Met Office said bus and train services could be cancelled.

The thunderstorms and heavy rain may also spark blackouts, with fast-flowing flood water potentially causing danger to life.

'Spray and sudden flooding could lead to hard driving conditions and some road closures.

Forecasters said that parts of the North West had seen 40mm to 50mm of rain in about 24 hours, with 52.2mm recorded between 11am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday at Greenfield near Oldham.

"There is a slight chance power cuts could occur, and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost".

There were 20 flood warnings in place across north-west England on Monday morning, affecting parts of south Manchester, Rochdale and the Yorkshire market towns of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

Cautiously, they said they would have to check the recording equipment had not been compromised - and, crucially, that the thermometer was accurate.

Commenting on the conditions, Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: "Quite a lot of showers to come through today".

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