Heavy rain, thunderstorms and gale-force winds to lash much of southern England and Wales as Met Office issues two-day weather warning and forecasters say snow could arrive by the end of the week
- Heavy rain will run east across southern England on Wednesday night with coastal gales possible
- Temperatures set to cool on Thursday, especially in the north and east, with strong winds likely
- Travel chaos is likely to disrupt the country with drivers advised to take great care on the roads
- Forecasters predict snow may well fall on summits in England and Wales on Thursday and Friday
The hottest September on record is now a long distant memory, with much of the country braced for heavy rain and gale-force winds over the next couple of days.
Today, (October 20) the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for thunderstorms which will lash much of England and the whole of Wales between Wednesday and Thursday.
The warning suggests those in the affected regions should prepare for strong winds, hail, lightning strikes, and, in the worst case scenario, flooding.
As a result of the bad weather, travel chaos is likely to disrupt the country with many experts advising drivers to take greater care on the roads.
Businesses and homes might also be affected by potential power cuts in the coming days.
The Met Office said that Wednesday will be: ‘Windy with rain and showers for many, particularly Wales, southwest and central England where lightning and hail is likely, mostly during the morning.’
Brighton UK 20th October 2021 – Workmen at Black Rock in Brighton continue to work in stormy conditions as waves crash over the marina wall behind . More heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for the UK today
On Wednesday night, heavy rain will run east across southern England with coastal gales also possible.
However, much of Wales and central England will remain dry, with rain and showers over Scotland moving south.
As for Thursday, temperatures are looking cooler across the UK, especially in the north and east with strong winds and gales in the far northeast.
It will also be a cold start on Friday, with scattered showers in the north, and again for Saturday, before rain and milder weather spreads from the west.
According to the Mirror, snow could also be on the horizon.
Mountain Weather Information Service said: ‘Snow may well fall on summits in England and Wales, and below 600m in Scotland’s Highlands, in a significantly colder air stream on Thursday and Friday.’
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for thunderstorms which will lash much of England and the whole of Wales between Wednesday and Thursday
Meanwhile, more than 375 homes are without electricity in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, this morning, and around 80 have been blacked out at Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.
In Devon, there’s a flood warning for River Avon at South Brent, Avonwick and Aveton Gifford.
A pile-up blocked the M5 southbound carriageway this morning from Junction 30 to Junction 31 at Exeter.
Many river levels are rising rapidly – the Environment Agency issued several flood warnings, including one for residents living near the Frome in Maiden Newton, Dorset.
They said ‘Due to some unexpected intense rainfall, river levels have risen quickly at the Maiden Newton, consequently we are expecting possible flooding of property.
‘There is further rainfall due for the next few hours, some of which could be heavy. We are closely monitoring the situation.
The agency added: ‘Please can owners with property flood resilience equipment install it now and stay aware in case further warnings are issued.’
Police have warned motorists to slow down because many roads are flooded.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said ‘People are driving too fast, even on the M4, where sheets of rain water are forming small lakes and cars can quickly start to aquaplane and career out of control.’