Two weather warnings issued for thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow


Two further weather warnings for thunderstorms have been issued for North Staffordshire and South Cheshire over this evening and tomorrow.

The Met Office have issued the yellow severe weather warnings for a large swathe of the UK – including Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas.

Both warnings follow thunderstorms late last night and the early hours of this morning.

The first warning has been in force since 1.30pm this afternoon – and remains in force until 6am tomorrow (Wednesday June 17) – while a second weather warning comes into force at noon tomorrow and will remain  placed until 9pm that evening.

The first warning states:  “Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out across many parts of the UK on Tuesday afternoon.

“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.”

The second warning added:  “Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms will break out across many parts of the UK again on Wednesday afternoon.

“These showers and thunderstorms will only slowly die out through the evening.”

Flood alerts have this evening been issued for rivers in areas of the county – while a 15-year-old girl was helped by firefighters after being swept away in the River Trent.

Meanwhile there is disruption on the railways in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this evening due to separate landslips and flooding.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Although some places will miss these heavy showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur they’ll be quite lively bringing torrential downpours with 25 to 35mm rain falling in an hour and a few places seeing perhaps 40 to 50mm rain in a couple of hours.

“With this heavy rain falling in a short time we could see some disruption to transport or damage to properties due to localised flooding, as well as the chance of lightning and hail.”

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The worst of the weather is expected to clear up by the weekend.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Martin Young said, “As winds swing to the southwest over the weekend it’ll turn fresher and breezier and east coastal areas should lose the low cloud and mist, feeling warmer here as a result. 

On Saturday we’ll see a spell of rain moving across the UK from the west, but most can expect a drier day on Sunday.”

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What is a Met Office Weather Warning?

The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories.

Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common.

Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property.

Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.





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