Thunderstorms and lightning strikes due to hit North Staffordshire after Easter sunny spell



Thunderstorms and lightning strikes look set to hit Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire as the Easter weekend sunny spell is due to come to an end.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for large parts of the Midlands and North West from around 3pm this afternoon (April 12).

As well as Stoke-on-Trent, the warning covers large parts of the Moorlands including Leek, Biddulph and Cheadle, the Newcastle Borough, Stafford and South Cheshire.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Whilst some areas will remain dry, a few thunderstorms are expected to break out during the course of the afternoon and early evening before fading later.

“Where thunderstorms do occur, torrential downpours could produce 20-30 mm and possibly as much as 40-50 mm of rain in two to three hours.

“Frequent lightning is likely, along with hail and gusty winds in a few places.

Familes are being warned to expect flooding and possible power cuts in the worst-hit areas,

While there is a risk of thunderstorms and rain in Stoke-on-Trent today, the forecast suggests the mercury will rise throughout the week with sunshine and highs of 17 degrees on Thursday.

Leek and the rest of the Moorlands looks to remain dry today but rain is forecast in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Temperatures will once again rise throughout the week spiking on Thursday.

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The weather in Stafford looks similar to the forecast for Stoke-on-Trent with a peak of 17 degrees on Thursday but some rain set to swoop across the borough later today.

In South Cheshire there could be some rain this afternoon, which will dry up later in the day before patchy showers into the evening.





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