Met Office issues yellow warning as thunderstorms set to hit the North East

The North East is to be battered by torrential rain and thunderstorms as yellow weather warnings are put in place across the nation.

The Met Office has put a warning in place for the region between 11am and 8pm on Thursday, September 9.

Despite temperatures climbing as high as 20C, heavy showers are expected to develop throughout the day with even a chance of hail.

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Forecasters say up to 40mm of rain could fall in some locations and thunderstorms may cause some flooding and disruption to power.

Residents are being warned that there could be delays to bus and train services, while driving conditions may become difficult with some communities being cut off by flooded roads.

The yellow weather warning is covering the entire North East region – from Northumberland and Newcastle to Sunderland and County Durham – with some areas possibly experiencing 20mm-30mm of rain in under an hour.

A yellow weather warning has been issued across the North East
A yellow weather warning has been issued across the North East
(Image: Met Office)

As a result, water could quickly seep into homes and businesses – causing significant damage.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Following overnight rain and showers, more intense showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out fairly widely from late-morning, before easing during the evening.

“Whilst most areas will miss the most intense storms, torrential downpours are possible in a few places.

“Where these occur, there is potential for 20mm to 30mm of rain in less than an hour and up to 40mm in two hours.

“This would have the potential to generate surface water flooding, especially if it falls over an urban area.”

What you can expect

  • 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

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