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Met Office Warns Of Possible Flooding That Could Be 'Danger To Life'

Met Office Warns Of Possible Flooding That Could Be 'Danger To Life'

A 'danger to life' weather warning has been issued by the Met Office following a night of heavy thunderstorms in parts of the UK overnight.

The Met Office has issued its yellow and amber warnings, alerting people that flooding may occur in parts of the country.

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The warning is in place until 6am tomorrow and covers a pretty large chunk of the UK, including London, parts of Wales, the west Midlands, Sheffield and Liverpool.

The Met Office has warned about flooding of homes and businesses, strong winds, lighting and hail. It says fast-flowing or deep floodwater is possible and that it could be a 'danger to life'.

There may also be road-closures, power cuts and delays to public transport services, so if the weather does take a turn for the worse, it's worth checking before you leave, because no one wants to be stood in a bus stop in the pouring rain for a bus that isn't going to turn up.

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Spray and 'sudden flooding' could also make driving conditions difficult.

In Winterbourne, near Birmingham, 58.6mm of rain was recorded in an hour, which is about what would usually hit in the entire month of May.

Met Office meteorologist Charlie Powell told Birmingham Live: "Temperatures overnight did not fall much below 15 or 16 degrees, for the end of May that's a pretty hot and humid night so everything was primed.

"We had some storms coming in from northern France and some building up in the Channel and they sort of spread out and have been working their way in.

"It looks like there just one huge area of thundery showers that worked across London just before midnight."

Overnight London was battered by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, with over half an inch landing in Kew Gardens in an hour.

For more updates, check out the Met Office Twitter feed here.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Met Office, Weather, UK News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]