14-hour thunderstorm warning for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire



Just as the sun was popping back out today and we were daring to consider getting the loungers back out – forecasters say thunderstorms are brewing.

Today the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of thunderstorms for the Potteries – along with the rest of Staffordshire – for Friday.

The warning comes in place at 10am on August 6 and will run through until midnight.

Read more: Met Office issue exact date for August heatwave

It comes as forecasters had predicted that from August 11 the country could be seeing some far warmer temperatures.

But for now we are braced for some weather not entirely becoming of August.

As it stands the Met Office says Friday could potentially be a wet day in the Potteries with the rain turning up at around 10am and staying with us all day until around 10pm at night. There will however be highs of 19C.

Moving on to the weekend and both days are set to see some rain – but no thunderstorms.

What does a yellow warning for thunderstorms mean?

The Met Office says that with such a warning there is a ‘small chance’ homes and businesses could be flooded while it could also lead to some poor driving conditions.

Where flooding or lightning strikes there is a chance of delays and cancellations to public transport.

Where’s our heatwave gone?

Before we give up with summer, the Met Office has predicted we are in for some good weather again this month.

Brian Gaze, a Weather Outlook forecaster, told The Express : “High pressure may build towards the UK from the Azores, but there is a lot of uncertainty about this.”

“If it happens temperatures in southern and central areas could climb towards the upper 20Cs and in the north the mid 20Cs.”

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“In the first half of August, mixed with showers or longer periods of rain but also warm and fine spells.

“The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large.

“Temperatures should be above average when aggregated over the period as a whole. In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases.”

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