Exact time thunderstorms could hit Teesside on Sunday with 'unsettled' Bank Holiday expected

File pic: Thunderstorms and lightning forecast for Teesside
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Thunderstorms are set to batter parts of England and Wales with forecasters predicting over an inch of rain could fall within a single hour. Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are anticipated to develop on Sunday afternoon, with 20-30mm of rain expected.

Hail and lightning strikes are also on the cards, prompting warnings for potential flooding, travel disruptions, and power cuts in other parts of the country. A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office from midday until 8pm, covering a wide area including much of central and northern England and the north east of Wales.

There is currently no weather warning covering Teesside, but there is a chance of some heavy rain and thunderstorms. The forecast is for a cloudy morning with outbreaks of locally heavy rain, with it breaking up into sunny intervals, scattered heavy showers and some thundery downpours.

According to the Met Office, there is an 80%-90% chance of heavy rain in our region between 10.00am and 12.00pm on Sunday. There is then a 60% chance of us seeing a thunderstorm at 3.00pm, and a 60% chance of another at 7.00pm.

The Met Office forecast for Bank Holiday Monday is currently: "Often cloudy through the morning, with increasingly widespread showers, some heavy and thundery by midday. Showers gradually becoming more isolated during the afternoon and turning increasingly sunny. Mainly light winds. Maximum temperature 17C."

Forecaster Kathryn Chalk commented: "There could be some disruption, especially for people travelling or out trying to enjoy the bank holiday weekend. So I'd say definitely keep an eye out on that. Some southern areas of England may also see a few heavy downpours, perhaps even the odd rumble of thunder as well."

Chalk further noted: "It's just a more unsettled weather regime where the air's unstable and with more heating in the land it helps develop a storm."

While Saturday offered dry and warm conditions for many, the bank holiday Monday is expected to bring a mix of "sunshine and showers" for many, though drier conditions might prevail in parts of Wales, Northern Ireland, and south-west England by the afternoon, reports Wales Online.

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