There are thunderstorm warnings today and the latest Met Office weather forecasts

The unseasonably hot weather and sunshine of early September has now given way to more variable conditions, with clouds, rain and even thunderstorms.

The UK recorded a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days for the first time since records began, and Tom Morgan, a meteorologist at the Met Office, described the heatwave as “unprecedented”.

“We’ve never seen anything like the heat wave we had in September before,” he said.

Now, the Met Office has confirmed a number of yellow weather warnings for Tuesday 12 September, in stark contrast to the sunshine and heat.

Where are thunderstorm warnings today?

Met Office map showing the location of yellow weather warnings in the UK on 12 September 2023 (Image: Met Office)

The Met Office has confirmed two yellow weather warnings for Tuesday 12 September.

a Yellow thunderstorm warning It was issued in most parts of east and south-east England between 12pm and 8pm, including Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent, London, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Essex, Middlesex, and East and West Sussex.

The meteorological services warned of heavy rains and thunderstorms that could cause flooding and disturbance in these places.

Drizzle and flash flooding can lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures, and there is a small possibility that some communities will become isolated by flooded roads.

There is a small possibility of a power outage, with services lost to homes and businesses.

When flooding and lightning occur, there is a possibility of delays and cancellation of some bus and train services.

a Yellow rain warning It has been issued for central England, until 1pm today, with Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and South and West Yorkshire affected.

Manchester, United Kingdom - 05/15/2022: A couple takes shelter under an umbrella as sudden heavy rain hits Manchester.  The sudden downpour took most people by surprise, and many people had to use bags and coats to protect themselves from the rain.  (Photo by Jake Lindley/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A couple takes shelter under an umbrella as sudden heavy rain hits Manchester (Image: Jake Lindley/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Heavy rain may cause flooding and disruption in these places, with flooding possible for a few homes or businesses.

The Environment Agency also issued One flood warning For Knoll Beck at Manver in Rotherham.

The statement read: “Flooding is expected in this area. This means that properties are at risk of flooding.

“Please take action to protect yourself and your property and monitor local weather and river conditions.

“Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water. Consider activating any flood protection products you may have.

What is the meteorological forecast for this week?

Rainfall, which will be heavy at times, will continue in a south-easterly direction across England.

Elsewhere, the weather is expected to be mostly dry with sunny spells. It’s cold, far from the far Southeast, where it’s still warm and humid with possible thunderstorms.

By Wednesday, the weather should be a bit cooler for everyone, with some nice sunny spells. But clouds will come in from the west with rain in the afternoon.

The forecast will remain variable, with more rain on Thursday and Friday, while the Southeast can expect warmer and wetter weather on Saturday, with a risk of thunderstorms.

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