Latest forecast for Stoke-on-Trent as the UK braces for a week of rain within the hour

Latest forecast for Stoke-on-Trent as the UK braces for a week of rain within the hour

Forecasters believe parts of the UK could see a week’s worth of rain in just an hour or two today – as Storm Debbie continues to batter the country. A yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued today across the south coast which is believed to bear the brunt of the stormy weather.

As reported by StokeonTrentLive, yesterday saw strong winds sweep across North Staffordshire with gusts exceeding 40mph in some places. Monday saw yellow warnings for wind in North Staffordshire with yellow warnings also in place across some locations including the North West Coast.

Today, wind power was cut in half as heavy rain fell early in the morning giving way to drought conditions. However, this is not the case for some parts of the UK, where Storm Debbie is set to deliver heavy rainfall, the equivalent of a week’s rain in just an hour or two.

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Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said Storm Debbie was expected to move away from the UK to the east in the early hours of Tuesday, but “wet and windy weather” could persist. He said: “We could see 15-20mm, roughly an inch, of rain across some of the southern counties in England accompanied by fairly gusty winds as well. A week’s worth of rain can fall within an hour or two in this warning area and you can see wind speeds between 40 and 50 mph.

“If you are in this warning area, it will be very difficult (to travel). Allow extra time to travel and continue to monitor the weather forecast throughout the night. If you are outside, use extreme caution and be prepared to see thunder showers.”

Petagna said a “very active” jet stream was causing most of the wet weather, and warned it showed “no sign” of stopping in the next week.

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