UK weather forecast: Danger to life flood warning as thunderstorms bring more rain

Britain is set to face yet more flood misery with fresh thunderstorms bringing heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning that storms set to hit on Sunday could bring deep and fast flowing floodwater.

The warning, which covers much of Scotland and the north, includes Whaley Bridge where a broken dam threatens to flood an entire town.

Some 1,500 residents were evacuated in case Toddbrook Reservoir burst through the structure that was damaged earlier this week.

Police and the Environment Agency has said there is a “real risk” the dam could collapse.

a lit up city at night: Thunderstorms are set to hit much of the north and Scotland

© Getty Images/iStockphoto Thunderstorms are set to hit much of the north and Scotland

The Army has been working hard to reinforce the structure and will face a race against the clock before heavy showers hit the region again.

The Met Office weather warning is for between midday and midnight on Sunday with forecasters saying storms pose a ‘danger to life’.

It also warns of travel disruption with floods set to cut off roads and impact train and bus services.

a truck on a city street: Emergency services in the evacuated village of Whaley Bridge

© PA Emergency services in the evacuated village of Whaley BridgeHowever, the next batch of bad weather will not impact the whole country, with some areas experiencing warm sunshine.

The south will see sunnier spells as the mercury rises to 28C over the weekend.

People heading to Brighton for the Pride parade will see temperatures of around 21C with bright and dry conditions.

a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: An RAF Chinook helicopter flies in sandbags to help repair the dam at Toddbrook reservoir

© Andy Stenning/Daily Mirror An RAF Chinook helicopter flies in sandbags to help repair the dam at Toddbrook reservoir

Mark Wilson, a Met Office forecaster, said: “Most of the showers will be focused across the north and the west of the UK, where they could be heavy, but mainly southern and eastern parts will get away with a dry day.

“It’ll be pretty warm as well on Saturday, we could see highs into the mid-20s in places.

“The showers will be fairly hit and miss, so not everyone will see them, but there’s potential for some further showers across areas affected by the rain.

“We don’t expect the showers to be as intense or as heavy for Sunday.”

a group of people in a swimming pool: Brighton beach - where temperatures are set to hit 21C for the annual Pride parade

© REUTERS Brighton beach – where temperatures are set to hit 21C for the annual Pride parade

Yellow weather warnings for Sunday, covering Northern England and southern and central Scotland, advise there could be damage and disruption from floodwater and lightning strikes.

As well as in Derbyshire, the warning suggests there is “potential” for further heavy showers across parts of the North West which was hit by heavy rain on Wednesday night.

“There’s some more heavy thundery showers due there, which isn’t great news,” the forecaster said.

Temperatures are set to remain in the low 20s across England and Wales for the majority of the weekend, while the warmest spots in East Anglia could rise to 28C for a “fairly warm and humid” end to the weekend.

Met Office 5-day forecast


Most areas will enjoy spells of sunshine on Saturday, once any fog patches clear. Scattered showers will develop once again, mostly across northern and western areas where they could be heavy and possibly thundery. Warm and rather humid.


Showers will continue across parts of the north and west, along with more persistent rain for Northern Ireland. Mainly dry in the south and east with patchy mist and fog.


Rain across the far west will move eastwards, developing into heavy showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon. Mainly dry and bright across southern England, where it will be very warm.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Changeable throughout with sunshine and showers for most. Showers will often be heavy and thundery, particularly in the north and west, with more persistent rain at times. Near normal temperatures.


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