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Friday 22nd November 2019

UK braced for fortnight's worth of rain to fall in THREE hours

Thunderstorms and hail is on the way

Britain is reportedly set to experience a fortnight's worth of rain in just three hours today.

The Met Office has warned that thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain will batter the country on Tuesday (July 30).

Thunderstorm and rain warnings are in place for most of England and Wales, including a "danger to life" warning, until the end of Tuesday.

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A Met Office spokesman told The Sun: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread north-east across England and Wales, while also increasing in frequency during the day.

"In a few places there is the potential for 20mm (0.8in) to 30mm (1.2in) of rain to fall in an hour and 30mm (1.2in) to 50mm (2in) of rain to fall in three hours.

"Hail is also possible, mainly over northern England."

Forecasters say the average rainfall for July in the north west is around 90mm.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to spread north-east across England and Wales.

The Met Office has said there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be "flooded quickly" with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

Britain is set to experience a fortnight's worth of rain in just three hours today (Credit: Met Office)

There is also a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing "danger to life".

The unsettled weather could also cause delays and "some cancellations" to train and bus services.

It could also lead to "difficult driving conditions and some road closures".

The Environment Agency has said the thunderstorms could cause flooding, especially in the North West.

Sheena Engineer, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency said: "Slow-moving thundery showers could lead to localised surface water flooding, mainly across parts of western England on Tuesday, with the risk extending north and east into Wednesday.

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"Areas where there has been recent flooding over the weekend may be more susceptible to further flooding. We are monitoring the situation closely and our teams are ready to respond where necessary.

"We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and urge people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car."

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