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UK weather - live: Danger to life amber warning issued today amid heavy rain and thunderstorms

Met Office issues six weather warnings across the UK as travel disruption and flooding expected

Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Wednesday 22 May 2024 14:15 BST
UK weather: Brits brace for 'flooding' as thunderstorms bring 'heavy' rain warning

The Met Office has issued “danger to life” warnings as thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding are set to hit the UK today.

An amber warning for rain is in place for parts of north Wales and north-west England for 24 hours from noon on Wednesday.

Yellow rain warnings are also in place for much of Scotland, northern Ireland, the north of England, the Midlands and mid-Wales, while a yellow warning for thunderstorms has been issued for large swathes of the south coast from 8am to 7pm on Wednesday.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Some areas are really going to see a lot of heavy, persistent rain through a big chunk of Wednesday. It is going to be a pretty wet picture as we go through the rest of the week for many places.

“There is some uncertainty as to exactly where we are going to see the heaviest rain and where is most likely to be impacted.”

Many places could see 30-40 mm of rain, while a few areas may receive 60-80 mm, the Met Office said. There is also a small chance that a few upland areas could see much higher totals, in the order of 150 mm.


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Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 14:15

What areas are affected by the amber weather warning?

Here are the regions and local authorities affected by the amber warning for rain in place from noon today until noon tomorrow.

East Midlands

  • Derbyshire

North West England

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington


  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Wrexham

Yorkshire & Humber

  • West Yorkshire
(Met Office)
Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 13:53

One month’s rain could fall in next 24 hours

A month’s worth of rain may fall within the next 24 hours in some parts of the UK, the Met Office has said.

It comes as six weather warnings for rain and thunderstorms are in place from today until tomorrow.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 13:28

Will the Bank Holiday weekend be a washout?

A three-day weekend awaits most of us, but will we see showers or sunshine?

According to the Met Office, we’re still likely to see some rain on Friday, especially in the north, though there will some brighter spells in the south and east through the day.

“Later on Saturday, a front may move in from the Atlantic bringing a band of rain to Northern Ireland and western parts of Scotland. For many though, Saturday is likely to be a fair day, feeling warmer with temperatures slightly higher than average.

“Conditions are likely to change on Sunday though, as we see a return to more unsettled and showery weather.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 12:55

An ocean of umbrellas

Pictures show people braving the rain as the Met Office issued multiple weather warnings for today.

(Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
(Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
(Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 12:25

Rainy hump day

Showers of rain are set to fall this afternoon across large swathes of the UK.

In southern England, a warning for thunderstorms has also been issued. Despite the rain, temperatures remain mild as they hang in the mid-teens.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 11:55

Climate crisis is making UK winters even wetter, scientists warn

Human-induced climate change has made downpours and rainfall across the UK and Ireland more intense with the region facing wetter winters in future, scientists warned.

The World Weather Attribution study found rainfall during storms across the UK and Ireland between October 2023 and March 2024 was made 20 per cent heavier by global warming.

The UK and Ireland saw 13 to 14 severe storms in 2023-24, which caused 13 deaths and widespread damage across the two countries - with similar heavy rainfall ten times more likely in future.

Winters in UK and Ireland are becoming even wetter due to climate crisis

Average rainfall on stormy days becoming around 20 per cent heavier, study says

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 11:26

Up to 150mm of rainfall likely to fall upon north Wales mountains

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 10:55

What are the weather warnings in place?

Amber - Rain from 12pm today to 12pm tomorrow

Affecting: East Midlands, North West England, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber

Yellow - Rain 00.15 today to 12pm tomorrow

Affecting: East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber

Yellow - Rain 5pm today to 10am tomorrow

Affecting: Highlands & Eilean Siar, Orkney & Shetland, Strathclyde

Yellow - Thunderstorm 8am to 7pm today

Affecting: London & South East England, South West England

Yellow - Rain 12pm today to 6pm tomorrow

Affecting: Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde

Yellow - Rain 5pm today to 10am tomorrow

Affecting: Northern Ireland

(Met Office )
Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 10:36

Up to 30-40mm to fall within thee hours in south of England

In addition to the thunderstorm warning, which also includes scattered showers and the threat of spray on the roads and sudden flooding, the south of England could see heavy, thundery showers which could bring 30-40mm within three hours.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: “The precise track of the low pressure which would determine where the rainfall comes is still uncertain and is something we are keeping an eye on.

“We would encourage people to keep an eye on the forecast over the next couple of days to see how that evolves.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain22 May 2024 10:14

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