Met Office warning for 'heavy showers and thunderstorms' with risk of 'frequent lightning and hail'

The Met Office radar forecast for Sunday afternoon
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A severe weather warning has been issued due to a risk "slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms" with "frequent lightning and hail" on Sunday that could cause "flooding and disruption".

The Met Office published the yellow-level alert this morning which will be active between noon and 8pm tomorrow. The warning area covers large parts of northern England, including all of the Hull and East Yorkshire region.

In its alert, the forecaster said: "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 20-30 mm of rain falling in an hour or less. Frequent lightning and hail (particularly in the east of the area) may also cause impacts."

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The Met Office says spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures, while there is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with potential damage to some buildings from flood water and lightning strikes.

There is also a slight risk of power cuts, along with a chance of delays to bus and train services.

On Saturday morning, the forecaster was predicting at least a 60 per cent chance of thunderstorms in the Hull and East Yorkshire area on Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, bright spells are expected at times though showers may merge into longer spells of rain later on. Temperatures will peak at around 16 or 17C, with further showers possible on Monday.