THE MET Office have issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms later this week affecting the North East and North Yorkshire.

The warning is in place from 11am to 8pm on Thursday and has the potential to bring surface water flooding and disruption to travel.

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The news comes just after the Met Office predicted a mini heatwave would hit the UK this week yesterday, lasting from Monday to Wednesday, but unsettled weather would follow.

The outlook for Thursday to Saturday could see this warmer weather come to an end however as “rather cloudy” weather with showers rolls in.

The Met Office said: “Rather cloudy with sunny spells and showers, these widespread, occasionally heavy and locally thundery on Thursday. Showers more active in the west on Friday. Drier, brighter on Saturday. Less warm.”

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Here’s what to expect with thunderstorms according to the Met Office:

  • 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
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some rural communities could temporarily become cut off by flooded roads

The long range forecast from September 11 to September 20 could see this unsettled and showery weather continue.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “The start of the period is looking mixed, with areas of cloud and some showery rain along with increasing areas of good sunny spells and dry weather.

“There is a chance of sunnier, drier conditions moving in from the west or northwest during this time. Conditions will become less settled towards the middle of the period, with showers and chances of longer spells of rain.

“This rain could become heavy, particularly in the west and northwest, with thunderstorms possible throughout the UK. Drier and sunnier periods are still expected, especially in the east.

“Later in the period into mid-September, confidence is fairly low, but the unsettled theme will probably continue. Temperatures are likely to be above average throughout, with some areas perhaps feeling warm or even very warm at first.”

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