BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns torrential downpours to batter UK for TWO days

BBC Weather meteorologist Carol Kirkwood warned Britons to brace for persistent showers set to batter the UK for the next twp days. Ms Kirkwood said thunderstorms will likely develop over the afternoon following a cloudy start of the day. The forecaster said: “We’ve got quite a cloudy start to the day and, in fact, for the next few days we will have that cloud.

“It’s been rolling in from the North Sea through the course of the night, will do so for the next few days.

“We’ll have sunny spells, also afternoon thunderstorms. Some of them will be pretty potent so there’s the risk of localised flooding and still that sticky feel.

“There’ll be some sunshine across Scotland but a lot of showers in the west, across northwest England. Northern Ireland, you get one or two, you’ve got a cloudy day.

“And you can see all the showers across Wales, southwest England, the Midlands into the southeast and down towards Kent.

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“Some of those will be torrential, some of them will have thunder and hail embedded in them and, if you catch one, you will know all about it as you’ve done for the past few days.

Ms Kirkwood said the rain is expected to subside overnight but some showers will remain around England before a new front of downpours develops on Thursday.

The BBC Weather meteorologist warned the rainstorms will become more tenacious due to the lack of wind moving them away.

She continued: “As we head through the evening and overnight, eventually, we’ll start to lose some of the showers. There’ll still be one or two hanging around.

“We’ll also have the low cloud coming from the North Sea once again. At the same time, we’ve got a weather front bringing in some rain across East Anglia into the Midlands and also Lincolnshire.

“It’s not going to be a cold night, it’s going to be another humid one and we’re looking at highs, or lows, of 9C to about 14C.”

Ms Kirkwood added: “Tomorrow we start off with this rain, it’s going to be slowly moving northwards, we’ll still have this cloud around which will start to turn back towards the coast.

“Scotland, not a bad day for you, one or two showers, same for Northern Ireland.

“But as we go through the afternoon look at all those showers developing across the Midlands, Wales, East Anglia and southern counties of England.

“They will be slow-moving, hardly a breath of wind around and we’re looking at some torrential downpours. We’re looking at 40 to 50 min just three hours. That’s just about 2 inches every two hours.”


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The Met Office extended through Wednesday a series of yellow thunderstorms warnings in place across most of western England, Wales, and southern Northern Ireland.

The warnings warned of “slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms” breaking out across many parts of the UK on Wednesday afternoon.

The Met Office added: “Some places will miss them, but where they do occur they will bring torrential downpours with 25 to 35 mm rain falling in an hour and perhaps 40 to 50 mm in 2 to 3 hours in one or two places.

“Lightning and hail will be additional hazards. These showers and thunderstorms will only slowly die out through the evening, but may persist across northwest England, southwest Scotland and perhaps eastern Northern Ireland into the early hours of Wednesday morning.”

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