BBC Weather’s Kirkwood warns UK to face thundery hail-filled downpour

BBC Weather: Rain warning for UK with thundery downpour

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Carol Kirkwood pointed out the band of rain to BBC Breakfast viewers as the meteorologist talked through the latest UK weather maps on Thursday morning. The wet weather front has made landfall on the west coast of Ireland and is expected to move across Great Britain in the coming hours bringing heavy showers and strong winds. 

Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast: “Some of us will start of this morning with some sunshine, there are a few showers around but as we go through the course of the day most of us are going to see some rain.

“The rain is likely to be heavy, possibly thundery with some hail embedded in it and accompanied by squally winds.

“As that goes through we will see a return to blustery showers.

“We have got some showers across Scotland this morning, across northern England, Wales, a few in the south, a few in Northern Ireland.”

Pointing to the west coast of Ireland, the weather presenter added: “But it is this area of rain here that is really going to bring us quite a bit. 

“Quite fast moving as well as we go through the course of the day.

“It is moving from the west crossing over Northern Ireland and moving into eastern England and northeast Scotland.

“So as I mentioned heavy bursts, squally winds around it and a lot of showers coming in behind it some of which could also have some hail in them, and some thunder and lightning.”

BBC Weather: UK warned of thundery showers as rain continues

“Temperatures today ranging from eight in the north to about 11 or 12 as we push down towards the south.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday 24 November in Wales and southwest England.

Heavy rain and strong, gusty winds could cause travel disruption and flooding, according to the warning.

The yellow weather warning is in effect from 10.00 to 19.00 on Thursday. 

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The Met Office said: “A narrow band of rain, heavy at times and perhaps briefly intense, will move eastwards late on Thursday morning and into the afternoon, clearing Kent during the evening. 10 to 15 mm is likely to fall in a 1 to 2 hour period, with around 20 mm in a few places.

“With saturated ground, this is likely to lead to a fair amount of surface water on roads and flooding in one or two places.

“Strong winds will be an additional hazard with gusts of 40-50 mph inland and perhaps briefly 60-70 mph along some exposed coasts, especially in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey.” 

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