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Thunderstorms and 50mph gales to slamUK amid weather warning with snow to come

Forecasters expect a ‘brief period of heavy rain, thunderstorms and very gusty winds’ to strike much of England and the whole of Wales as forecasters predict snow within days

Winds of up to 50mph could strike the country amid a thunderstorm warning

Heavy rain, ferocious winds and thunderstorms are set to batter a huge swathe of the country amid warnings of travel chaos.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for thunderstorms for Wednesday until midday.

Forecasters expect a ‘brief period of heavy rain, thunderstorms and very gusty winds’ to strike much of England and the whole of Wales.

In the yellow weather warning experts said those in the affected regions should expect a chance of flooding, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.

Treacherous driving conditions and road closures could also cause travel disruption and power cuts could affect homes and businesses.



The stormy weather will continue to rage up to the weekend
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The Met Office said: “An area of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move quickly eastwards across Wales and southwestern England into parts of central, southern and eastern England during Wednesday morning.

“Many areas will see a spell of rain whilst some places will be affected by thunderstorms bringing a brief period of heavy rain, lightning, and strong, gusty winds with hail also affecting some spots.

“Gusts will tend to peak at 40-50 mph, but whilst very unlikely in any one place, much stronger winds are possible here and there, then potentially damaging some structures.”







And the miserable weather is set to turn wintry in the coming days, with predictions of wet and windy weather up to the weekend.

A Met Office forecaster said: “More strong, gusty winds are forecast on Wednesday and Thursday, with wintry showers in the North on Thursday and turning wet and windy again on Saturday.

“Next week will initially be cold, with rural frost and wintry showers over the highest ground.

“Temperatures trend upwards to November 1, as more windy weather arrives from the Atlantic.”



Much of the south and all of Wales are affected




Mountain Weather Information Service said: “Snow may well fall on summits in England and Wales, and below 600m in Scotland’s Highlands, in a significantly colder air stream on Thursday and Friday.”

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna added: “It’s summer to winter, with 21C in the South on Tuesday but 8C in the North on Thursday, with hill snow potential.”

UK weather forecast

Today:

Windy with rain and showers for many, particularly Wales, southwest and central England where lightning and hail likely, mostly during the morning. Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and far north of England mostly dry. Warm in southeast but cooler in north.

Tonight:

Heavy rain running east across southern England with coastal gales possible. Much of Wales and central England dry. Windy with rain and showers over Scotland moving south. Turning colder.

Thursday:

Much colder across entire UK and feeling cold in the north and east with strong winds and gales in the far northeast. Showers feeding into northern and some western parts.


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