Flood warnings in place as yellow thunderstorm alert hits Greater Manchester with heavy showers expected

Homes could become flooded on Sunday (May 26) with downpours set to fall over the city
-Credit: (Image: Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News)


Forecasters have warned of possible flooding across Greater Manchester amid a yellow thunderstorm warning. The Met Office issued the yellow weather alert, bringing heavy rainfall to the region, for Sunday (May 26).

The latest warning comes on a busy day for the region as more than 30,000 descended on the city centre for The Great Manchester Run is underway and for the Manchester City parade.

The latest weather warning came into force from 12pm on Sunday (May 26) - running until 8pm. The Met Office says that 'slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and disruption in places'.

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There are no official flood warnings in place from the Environment Agency, but people are being urged to take care on the roads and prepare for possible disruption to travel and power.

The warning continues: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes.

Rain will fall on Manchester tonight - and there could be thunder
Rain will fall on Manchester tonight - and there could be thunder -Credit:Met Office

"There is a small chance that some communities become temporarily cut off by flooded roads. Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost."

Commenting on the forecast for Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said that Bank Holiday (May 27) will be much drier for most, with some scattered showers.

He said: “Sunday will have a mixture of sunny spells but also scattered, heavy and in places thundery downpours. Not everywhere will see them but where they do occur there is a small chance of some temporary issues such as flooded roads.

“The outlook for Bank Holiday Monday is for brighter, cooler and breezier conditions with scattered showers for England and Wales at first, but a steady drying trend from the west is likely.

"The focus for heavier showers is expected to transfer to Scotland and possibly northeast England, where again these could be slow moving, the heaviest of which could cause some temporary, localised issues such as flooded roads."