Brits soak up sunshine before almost a month's worth of rain to hit parts of UK tomorrow amid thunderstorm warnings | The Sun

BRITS have been soaking up the sun today although things will take a dramatic turn for the worse tomorrow with heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The Met Office has warned of a "small chance" lives could be put at risk in thunderstorms which are expected to hit the south west of England and south Wales.

There was a marked contrast in the weather today with the temperature hitting 28C in London's St James's Park while in Salsburgh, Scotland, could only muster a high of 11.2C, according to the forecaster.

It has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across the region between 7am and 6pm, covering major cities including Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea.

Homes and businesses could also be in danger of flooding quickly in "torrential downpours", although the risk is said to be low, as up to 70mm of rain falls in a few hours in some spots.

The September average rainfall for the region is 92.45mm.

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Buildings could also be damaged by lightning, hail or strong winds as well as floodwater.

There is also a "small chance" of power cuts or that other services to homes and businesses could be lost while some communities could also be cut off by floodwater, the forecaster said.

People planning on travelling face the prospect of delays or sudden cancellations to trains and busses.

Roads may be closed at short notice due to spray and sudden floods and "difficult driving conditions" are expected on those that remain open.

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The Environment Agency says on its website: โ€œFlooding is probable from surface water across parts of South West England, the West Midlands on Sunday, with local flooding possible from surface water and rivers more widely across England through Sunday and into Monday.โ€

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said the region has already seen some rain fall but it is expected to get worse later this weekend.

She added: "The heaviest and most persistent rain will be tomorrow morning, bringing a risk of some potential flooding in homes and businesses."

Ms Ayers urged drivers to think about their stopping distances if they need to travel on a motorway and to look at the Met Office and RAC websites for updates before setting off.

She said the region's weather will "remain unsettled" early next week, bringing "very changeable and autumnal" conditions.

More heavy showers and even further thunderstorms are possible in the region early next week while the band of rain is set to move northwards.

Much of England and Wales will remain unaffected by the storms but lighter rain could fall across the north of England, Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland over the weekend.

Cloudy conditions are expected in unaffected areas, with a possibility of sunny spells that are "likely to be fairly limited", while temperatures are not set to top the low 20s.

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