Met Office issues yellow weather warning for a thunderstorm in the North West

Met Office warning <i>(Image: Met Office)</i>
Met Office warning (Image: Met Office)

The UK Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for the North West this weekend.

The national weather and climate service predict low-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms that may cause flooding and disruption in the region.

Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures on Sunday, May 26, from 12pm to 8pm.

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

There is also 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.

The warning is also issued across parts of northern England, the Midlands, East Anglia and northeast Wales.

This warning has a very low likelihood and a medium impact.

Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during Sunday afternoon.

Rainfall accumulations will vary significantly across the warning area but where showers become organised, there is the possibility of 20 to 30mm of rain falling in an hour or less.

Frequent lightning and hail (particularly in the east of the area) may also cause impacts.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Consider if your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and an emergency flood kit. Prepare to protect your property and people from injury.

"Before gusty winds arrive, check to ensure moveable objects or temporary structures are well secured. Items include; bins, garden furniture, trampolines, tents, gazebos, sheds, and fences.

"Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

"People cope better with power cuts when they have prepared for them in advance.

"It’s easy to do; consider gathering torches and batteries, a mobile phone power pack and other essential items."