Heavy rain, flash flooding and hail to batter Britain until Monday

Britain is to be bashed by heavy rain and ruthless thunderstorms as grim weather continues until next week.

Severe thunderstorms could continue to batter parts of the UK as weather warnings are extended until Monday.

Forecasters predict stormy scenes and more tropical nights as Brits swelter in their sleep.

And the humid conditions could lead to more fierce storms and flash floods as seen in some parts of the UK already.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warnings with the potential of flash flooding and damaged buildings.

Forecaster Matthew Box said: "We've got the risk of thunderstorms right through to the start of next week, and maybe even beyond that."

A yellow thunderstorm warning covering all of Wales, southern England and areas in the North West and Midlands is in place until midnight on Thursday.

The Met Office warns that while some areas could stay dry, others could see severe thunderstorms and flash flooding, with as much as 40mm of rain falling in less than an hour.

Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders, said: “Up until Monday thunderstorm warnings cover much of England and Wales, with parts of southern England and South Wales seeing the greatest likelihood of impacts.

“The storms will not affect all areas, but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40mm of rain possible in less than an hour.

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“And, in a few unlucky spots, a small chance of 60mm falling in a short period.

“With the continuing hot weather, large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms, and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week.”

There were thundery showers across southern England on Thursday afternoon, with a collection of thunderstorms across the south-west.

The stormy weather came after Britain sizzled in scorching sunshine for days on end.

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Temperatures were above 34C for six days in a row in some parts of the south for the first time since 1961.

But the sunshine broke in favour of “apocalyptic” storms that left some areas without power.

Alton Towers was forced to turn thrill seekers away this week after intense rain damaged its water supply.

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A total of 10 properties in Lancashire were affected by flooding on Tuesday following overnight storms, the Environment Agency said.

And in Scotland a holiday park had to be evacuated after a landslide led to mobile homes slipping down a hill.

In the south of England, drivers were trapped on the M25 after "biblical rain and hail" caused flooding and closed junctions on the motorway.

Britain has already been warned to prepare for more flash floods.

Flash floods are common after a heatwave because the rain falls on ground that is hard and dry, making it more difficult for the ground to absorb water.

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