#AceWeatherDesk says the Met Office ‘Storm Warning’ for storm England & Wales for campsites and caravans who as Holidaymakers travelling this weekend have been warned to expect flooding, thunderstorms and 55mph gusts of wind.
⚠️ Yellow weather warning updated ⚠️ Thunderstorms across southern parts of England and Wales Sunday 0500 – 2359 Latest info 👉 https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #WeatherAware⚠️ https://t.co/qx3FYbhxSa http://twitter.com/metoffice/status/1418890443149004802 July 24, 2021 at 12:06PM
BBC News By Joseph Lee
Campsites may face high winds while cars towing caravans could face tricky driving conditions.
The thunderstorms come after days of high temperatures, which prompted Met Office warnings for extreme heat.
As the heatwave broke on Friday, there were warnings of strong, gusty winds particularly in exposed coastal areas and hilly places.
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Thunderstorms were forecast to move into southern England overnight, reaching south Wales and the Midlands early on Saturday.
Frequent lightning and the possibility of large hailstones falling as well as torrential rainfall were likely, the Met Office said.
Firefighters were called to a house in Andover, in Hampshire, on Friday night after it was struck by lightning and its roof was partially destroyed.
Forecasters warned of a chance of flooding and power cuts – with up to 35mm of rain predicted to fall within in an hour in southern counties of England, and further slow-moving thunderstorms forecast to develop on Saturday afternoon.
Getty ImagesLatitude Festival-goers in Suffolk could be at risk from thunderstorms and heavy rain on Sunday
Further heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday across southern and eastern England, with the yellow warning stretching into East Anglia, possibly affecting Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
Up to 80 or 100mm of rainfall could build up in some locations over the course of the day, the Met Office says.
Lightning destroys roofs as storms end heatwave in southern England and Wales
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue ServiceTwo houses in Andover were hit by lightning on Saturday morning
Lightning has damaged homes in Hampshire and severe weather warnings are in place as the heatwave gives way to thunderstorms and torrential rain.
A 70-year-old woman escaped unharmed after two houses in Andover were partially destroyed in the early hours.
The Met Office issued a yellow alert for storms, and warned of flooding, hail and 55mph gusts of wind in southern England and Wales.
It comes after days of extreme heat – and as many set off on summer holidays.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service tweeted a picture of two semi-detached houses struck by lightning in Andover’s Mercia Avenue. The woman was assessed by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.
A spokesman said the roof was severely damaged.
BBC Weather said that “after a very stormy start in the south” the thunderstorms had eased, but were expected to develop again later – reaching up to the Midlands after NI temperature record for third time in a week
Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall within an hour in some southern counties of England later, with flooding possible.
BBC Weather tweeted a picture of lightning on the West Sussex coast taken in the early hours
Meanwhile the heatwave looks set to continue in Northern Ireland and western Scotland, with temperatures of 28C possible.
And despite the wet start in the south of England, it should remain dry and sunny in the north west of the country.
It comes as many people are expected to set off for their summer break this weekend, as the school holidays begin across large swathes of the UK.
Cooler weather is predicted across the UK from Sunday, with further heavy showers and thunderstorms expected across southern and eastern England.
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