UK weather forecast: 'Danger to life' warning as Brits brace for thunderstorms and downpours

Sean Morrison

Britain is set to be hit with thunderstorms and downpours as a "danger to life" warning was issued by the Met Office.

Heavy, thundery showers are to cause travel disruption and flooding in parts of Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

By Thursday the miserable conditions are set to sweep further south, affecting large swathes of northern England.

The Met Office has issued two “yellow” weather warnings for thunderstorms and warned motorists to beware of potential flooding.

It said there is a “small chance” fast flowing or deep floodwater could cause a danger to life in some areas.

Downpours are expected to disrupt travel and bring a risk of floods from about lunchtime today as the first alert comes into force.

Lightning strikes over Poole Harbour (Getty Images)

Parts of Scotland could see between 15mm and 25mm of rainfall in just one hour, it was reported.

Rainy conditions will fade by the evening before the second weather warning begins around midday on Thursday, lasting until 9pm.

A statement from The Met office read: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater and lightning strikes.

“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services. Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.”

In the warning posted on its website, it added: “There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”