BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor warned slow-moving torrential thunderstorms from the continent will soak southern England today. Surface water is expected on roads as well as mist and fog from a blanket of clouds. But Scotland and Northern Ireland will stay largely dry with temperatures of up to 24C.
Mr Taylor said: “There’s a lot more in the way of persistent rain in England and Wales today.
“An area of cloud which has moved in overnight from the near continent with mist and fog over the high ground and lots of rain too.
“If you’re about to head on to the roads, surface water is spraying plenty.
“That rain now heading towards eastern parts of Wales and will only be moving slowly across this area throughout the day.
“Through this afternoon we could see as much as an inch of rain fall in the space of an hour as we see some torrential thunderstorms form in southwest England and south Wales especially.
“It will be especially bright in East Anglia and northern England.
“In Scotland and Northern Ireland it will stay stay fairly sunny, 24C in northern Scotland.
“But as the breeze picks up, a lot of the cloud will pick up in Scotland.”
His forecast comes as more than 20 firefighters were called to a house that was struck by lightning as violent thunderstorms swept across the north of England and Scotland, causing flash flooding in places.
Five fire crews and a turntable ladder were sent to the house in the Millhouses area of Sheffield on Tuesday evening but the damage was limited to the roof.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service said: “Firefighters have just finished tackling a fire on Millhouses Road, Sheffield.
“It is thought the blaze, which involved the roof of a three-storey house, was started when the property was hit by lightning.
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“Five fire engines and a turntable ladder were called after the call at 7.28pm.
“Nobody was hurt in the incident.”
The strike happened as a storm moved across the city, bringing a dramatic lightning display and bursts of heavy rain.
Similar storms brought flash flooding to the North West of England, leaving roads and shops submerged.
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