Thunderstorm warning across much of England and Wales

Thunderstorm warning across much of England and Wales

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Thunderstorms and downpours will sweep across southern England on Thursday. (PA)

The Met Office has extended its yellow thunderstorm warning across England and Wales until midnight on Thursday.

A morning update said the warning areas now extended further west and north and had cut them back for the east and south-east of England.

The warning applies to much of southern England, stretching from Lancaster in the north through the south-east to Bath in the south-west.

Large parts of Wales are also said to be affected.

There are also fears roads, homes and shops could be flooded, while revelers in Glastonbury could be caught in torrential downpours.

With another rail strike taking place on Thursday, the storms are likely to contribute to transport problems with poor driving conditions and flooding on the roads, potentially causing fatalities.

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Warning areas now extend further west and north, while they have been cut back for the east and south-east of England. (Met Office)

The Met Office said there was a possibility of more train and bus failures due to lightning strikes.

In a statement on its website, the Met Office said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses will be flooded quickly and some buildings will be damaged by flooding, lightning, hail or strong winds.

“There is a small chance that fast-flowing or deep flood water will cause life-threatening danger.

“In the event of flooding or lightning strikes, there may be delays and some cancellations of train and bus services.”

Revelers in Glastonbury could be caught in torrential downpours.

Revelers in Glastonbury could be caught in torrential downpours. (PA)

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said that while they know thunderstorms will occur, the nature of them means they are hit and miss.

She added, “We know they’re going to happen, but whether they happen exactly at a certain point is extremely difficult to get right even this far in advance, so it’s a risk.”

“If you’ve gotten a downpour … it’s probably heavy and from blustery winds that may be involved and the threat of lightning.”

The Met Office warned of up to 40mm of rain in an hour, adding that “40 to 60mm could fall in two or three hours”.

They added: “These torrential downpours may be accompanied by frequent lightning, while gusty winds and hail may also affect some locations.

The Met Office says the storms during the rail strikes will add to transport problems.

The Met Office says the storms during the rail strikes will add to transport problems.

“The exact location of the thunderstorms will be difficult to determine, so the warning area will be reviewed and updated as necessary.”

Glastonbury festival-goers “may need to take shelter if they can” as Thursday morning’s “wall-to-wall sun” and high temperatures give way to “heavy thunderstorm rain” in the afternoon.

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent added: “They may need to seek shelter if they can if one of those afternoon thunderstorms comes through.

“The warning area encapsulates the risk of these storms hitting somewhere in that area so Glastonbury is not expected to be reached until mid-afternoon, but the caveat is that it is difficult to pinpoint the exact distribution of the showers, this is the nature of the.” Showers ahead, but we’ll be releasing updates as they develop.”

The storms come after a mild spell in recent days, with temperatures expected to hit around 29C (84.2F) on Wednesday.

Festival-goers have already been warned to pack for eventualities – and take their wellies – in Glastonbury, with light showers forecast on Friday and Saturday, followed by heavier rain on Sunday.

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