Met Office weather warning: 80mph gales and lightning to batter Britain in two day storm

BBC Weather: Drier conditions set for parts of UK

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are battering Britain with torrential downpours marking a decidedly wet start to August. The Met Office has issued three weather warnings for this weekend covering swathes of the north of England, along with parts of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The alert reads: “Spells of heavy rain early on Sunday will be replaced by some heavy showers and thunderstorms from late morning.

“Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 15-20 mm rain could fall in less than an hour with 30-40 mm falling in 2-3 hours in a few places.

“Lightning strikes will be an additional hazard, mainly during the afternoon. These showers and thunderstorms will then slowly fade during Sunday evening.”

“Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 20-30 mm rain may fall in a short space of time, perhaps with 50-80 mm over several hours in a few places.

“The showers will die out during the evening.”

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