UK Weather: New heavy rain warnings after thunderstorms and heavy rain
The UK faces further heavy rain this week, with the Met Office issuing new heavy rain warnings.
Thunderstorms caused disruption across Devon and Somerset, with parts of the UK seeing more than a month’s rainfall on Sunday. Subsequent flash flooding led to the closure of Exeter Airport and Butlins in Minehead.
On Monday morning, there were still 11 flood warnings in place across the UK, as well as 20 alerts.
The unsettled weather is set to continue on Tuesday with a two-day yellow warning issued by the Met Office for heavy rain in Wales and northwest England, including Manchester, on Tuesday from 6am. Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, and bus and train services may be affected, the office said.
In Monday’s weather forecast across the UK, a Met Office spokesman said: “Thundershowers in the east turning into a band of rain, already across the west pushing eastwards through the morning. Becoming more active with showers, sometimes heavy.” Afternoon. Increasingly windy.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday, when weather warnings will be issued, the office said: “Clouds and rain are spreading rapidly from the west into the morning, although a spell of drier rain with some bright spells will occur in southern parts of the UK. Windy.”
For the rest of the week, the office expected the weather to be “unstable and somewhat autumnal with volatile conditions” with rain and winds.
Exeter Airport reopened on Monday morning and travelers are urged to check status updates with their airlines.
An airport spokesperson said: “We are pleased to confirm that the airport is open today thanks to the hard work and determination of airport staff who worked through the night to clean up after yesterday’s flash floods. We look forward to welcoming travelers as usual.”
The Met Office warned that conditions were expected to remain “blissy at times” this week, and urged people to keep an eye on the forecast.
“It’s definitely worth keeping up with the forecast,” said Jonathan Vautrey, a meteorologist at the Met Office. “Make sure to be careful because the weather can change in very short periods of time and be prepared for those gusty winds and possible large hail storms.”