Summer suspended? Parts of UK face 'one month's rain in two hours'

Waves during high tide at Sunny Sands Beach in Folkestone during wet weather earlier this summer. (PA)

Parts of the UK are facing almost a month’s rain in just two hours on Thursday, forecasters have warned.

A yellow ‘be aware’ warning has been issued by the Met Office, who’ve warned of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for much of Scotland and northern England from midday until 9pm tonight.

Meteorologist Emma Smith said 30mm of rain could fall in one hour, while 50mm could fall in two to three hours.

Heavy showers may cause flooding and travel disruption , with forecasters warning there is a small chance of fast-flowing or deep flood waters causing danger to life.

The average amount of rainfall in July for the UK as a whole is 70mm, while the July average for England is 55-56mm. Meteorologists say that this means almost a month’s worth of rainfall could fall in a couple of hours on Thursday.

Forecasters have predicted widespread heavy rain on Thursday (PA)

Dingwall and other parts of the Highlands in Scotland were affected by flooding after thundery downpours on Wednesday night.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency have since issued 11 flood alerts.

The warning from the Met Office states there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes.


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In places where there is flooding or lightning strikes, there is a chance of delays and cancellations to train and bus services.

Energy companies have also warned that disruption to electricity supplies in the affected regions are possible throughout Thursday evening.

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Forecasters have also warned of difficult driving conditions, some road closures and power cuts.

According to forecasters, the showers may be worse on Friday as the bad spell continues. However, a ‘hot air plume’ is expected to arrive on Saturday which could see temperatures soaring to 28C.

The Weather Channel have forecast a series of heatwaves before the end of the summer.

Heat across parts of the UK and a low pressure system approaching the UK is the reason behind the heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The system is drawing in warmer air as it moves closer to Britain this week.

The combination of warm air and low pressure makes for ideal thunderstorm conditions.