UK weather forecast – Brits to be battered by thunderstorms, flooding and strong winds this weekend

THE UK looks set to be battered by thunderstorms, heavy rain, winds and flooding this weekend.

The Met Office has issued a ‘severe’ Yellow weather warning for rain and thunderstorms for most of England and Wales on Friday.

Forecasters added that heavy downpours could trigger “danger to life” flooding and cause travel disruption across the country.

On Saturday, a ‘severe’ warning for wind is also in place in southern England, the Midlands and Wales.

Unseasonably strong winds will gust up to 50mph inland, affecting areas from Plymouth to Manchester.

Strong winds are expected to cause travel chaos, with falling trees likely to cause delays on roads.

There could be power cuts and other services are expected to come to a standstill in those areas most affected by the stormy weather.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist at the Met Office, advised anyone who has outdoor weekend plans to be prepared for unseasonably windy weather on Saturday.

The rain warning on Friday could be especially worrying for the residents of Whaley Bridge, the Derbyshire town endangered by the potential collapse of a nearby dam.

Between one and two inches of rain through Friday to Saturday is possible, the Met Office said.

But Mr Wilson noted that an accurate estimate was difficult at this stage due to the unpredictable nature of the showers.

Before the wild weather hits this weekend, a ‘severe’ warning for thunderstorms is in place for Scotland today.

The Met Office said there could be damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

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