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Thursday 12th December 2019

Met Office issues urgent weather warning as UK braced for storms

Storms will batter parts of the country this afternoon

The Met Office has issued a new urgent weather warning for parts of the UK.

Yellow warnings for thunderstorms were put in place across the north, parts of Scotland, Devon and Cornwall from 3pm on Sunday (August 11).

The new alert says: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday afternoon and early evening.

Read more: UK weather WARNING: Areas on high alert for storm with heavy rain and 60mph winds

"Some places will miss these, but where they do occur, 20mm rainfall is possible in less than an hour and 30-40mm in two to three hours in one or two spots.

"Lightning and hail may be additional hazards. The showers will slowly die out through the evening."

It comes after three warnings were issued for Friday (August 9) and Saturday (August 10) as heavy rain and strong winds battered the country.

Lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

The warnings led to events being cancelled in Devon and Cornwall, including Boardmasters festival in Newquay.

The Met Office added: "Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.

"Possibly some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

"There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.

"Delays to train services are possible. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible."

In areas such as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth heavy rain is possible, with the potential for it to lead to travel disruption and flooding in a few places.

There's yellow warnings across Britain (Credit: Met Office)

Read more: UK braced for 60mph winds and month's worth of rain in TWO days

According to the weather service, Monday will experience a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

The showers will be heaviest in the northwest, but also across southeast England at first.

From Tuesday to Thursday, it will remain unsettled, with sunny spells and showers on most days.

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