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‘Seven o’clock’ thunderstorm warning issued by Met Office for Great Britain

A thunderstorm warning will be in force for parts of Britain today.

The yellow weather warning applies to parts of Wales, the Midlands and the south of England. The measure comes into effect today (Saturday) at 1:00 PM and will last until 8:00 PM.

In the areas covered by the thunderstorm warning, forecasters predict that ‘wAlthough not visible in all places, slowly moving heavy rain and thunderstorms may cause flooding and disruption in some places.” Heavy rain is expected to cause some travel disruption on roads, trains and buses this afternoon and there is a ‘slight chance’ of some flooding.

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Areas covered by the warning include Swansea, Cardiff, Bath, Exeter and parts of Cornwall. Greater Manchester is not expected to be affected. Forecasters predict a mostly dry and sunny day in our region, with some cloudy intervals.

As temperatures rise to 23 degrees Celsius this afternoon, our region is predicted to be hotter than Barcelona. Forecasters predict that Sunday will be another warm and sunny day with even higher temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius.

Areas affected by the warning include:

South West England

Wales

  • Blaenau Gwent

  • Bridgend

  • Caerphilly

  • Cardiff

  • Carmarthenshire

  • Ceredigion

  • Gwynedd

  • Merthyr Tydfil

  • Monmouthshire

  • Neath Port Talbot

  • Newport

  • Powys

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf

  • Swansea

  • Torfaen

  • Vale of Glamorgan

West Midlands

The full warning on the Met Office website reads: ‘Consider whether your location is at risk of flash flooding. If so, consider preparing a flood plan and emergency flood kit.

“Prepare to protect your property and people from injury. Before gusty winds arrive, check that movable objects or temporary structures are properly secured. Items include; bins, outdoor furniture, trampolines, tents, gazebos, sheds and fences.

“Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions when driving, or bus and train schedules, and adjusting your travel plans if necessary.

“People can cope better with power outages if they prepare for them in advance. It’s easy to do; consider bringing flashlights and batteries, a cell phone battery, and other essentials. If you’re standing outside and hear thunder , protect yourself with a safe, locked shelter (such as a car).

“Do not shelter under or near trees or other structures that could be struck by lightning. If you are on higher ground, move to lower ground. Be prepared that weather warnings can change quickly: when a weather warning is issued, reports the Met Office recommends keeping up to date with the weather forecast in your area.”

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