Met Office warnings: Lightning and torrential rain forecast TODAY as Storm Evert hits UK

Storm Evert: BBC Weather forecasts further wind and rain

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The Met Office has issued swathes of yellow wind and thunderstorm warnings today (July 30). On Thursday, the Met Office named Storm Evert and warned the system will bring  “unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts of the UK later today and into Friday”.

Between 11am and 10pm on Friday, a Met Office yellow thunderstorm warning is active for places in the east Midlands, east of England and Yorkshire and the Humber.

Hull, Nottingham, Peterborough and Norwich are some of the major cities affected by the thunderstorm warning.

The warning reads: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop later this morning and this afternoon.

“Some torrential downpours are possible with 20 to 40 mm rain falling in some places and, perhaps, more than 70 mm rain falling in one or two spots.

“Lightning, gusty winds and hail will be additional hazards for some.”

The yellow thunderstorm warning was issued in addition to several other wind warnings today. 

A Met Office yellow wind warning, which is active from 8pm on Thursday until 12pm on Friday, covers much of southwest England and parts of Wales.

The warning reads: “Storm Evert will bring a spell of windy weather with coastal gales into southern parts of England and Wales during Thursday evening onwards through the night into Friday morning.

“Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected quite widely with a chance of gusts of 60 to 65 mph in the most exposed coastal spots.

“Parts of Cornwall and Wales will see the highest gusts. Winds will then ease from the west during Friday morning.

“Showery rain will accompany these high winds at times, some of this rain heavy.”

Another yellow wind warning has been issued for swathes of southern and eastern England until 6pm on Friday.

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The warning reads: “Windy conditions, including coastal gales for some, will develop across southern and southeastern England early on Friday, spreading into North Sea coastal areas during the late morning and afternoon.

“Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected quite widely with gusts of 55 mph or so likely in some of the most exposed coastal areas. Winds will then slowly ease from the west later on Friday.”

People travelling on Friday morning have been urged to take care due to the strong winds and heavy rain.

The Met Office tweeted: “Whilst strong winds are affecting parts of the south this morning, the latest weather radar shows bands of locally heavy #rain spiralling around the centre of #StormEvert with rain.

“Take care if you are travelling and allow some extra time for your journey. Stay #WeatherAware”.

Storm Evert is expected to clear the UK later on Friday, according to the Met Office.

Met Office Principal Operational Meteorologist Dan Suri said on Thursday: “Storm Evert will bring some high winds, particularly along the northern coast of the southwest, but there will be gusty winds more widely in southern areas, which brings the potential for some impacts, especially for those that might be travelling or camping in the weather.  

“Storm Evert will move eastwards across southern UK during Friday daytime, clearing into the North Sea during Friday evening.

“As well as the high winds, there will also be some heavy rain before it leaves our shores, with up to 40 mm possible over parts of Wales and the southwest and the potential for 40 or 50 mm rain in a short period of time from heavy, possibly thundery, showers over parts of eastern and central England on Friday afternoon.” 

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