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Met Office thunderstorm warnings span two days across the UK, with warnings for rain and thunderstorms. The bulk of the thunderstorms are expected to hit on Sunday, with many across Britain enjoying the last day of a four-day weekend. Many woke up to gray skies and heavy rain, with today’s Jubilee Pageant likely to see rain.
Areas most at risk of seeing showers are covered by a yellow rain warning.
This is in place from 7 p.m. today until 4 a.m. Monday and includes the East Midlands, East England and Yorkshire and Humber.
Met Office chief meteorologist Dan Suri said: ‘Unlike last night and this morning, more places in the warning area on Sunday are likely to see heavy rain and thunderstorms.
“Where thunderstorms occur, impacts of heavy rain and frequent lightning strikes are possible.
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“A few places could see 15-20mm of rain in an hour, with a small chance of 50mm in an hour, most likely over parts of the Midlands, South East England and East Anglia while the risk of thunderstorms on the northern part of the warning is smaller.
“Then on Sunday afternoon further showers, some heavy and thundery, are likely over the southern third of the UK. North of the warning zone in northern England and Scotland, conditions will be much more stable.
“If you are planning any outdoor events for Sunday, please keep a regular eye on the forecast for your area for any updates.”
A separate warning is in place for thunderstorms beginning at 1 p.m. today and lasting until 11:59 p.m.
Today’s Jubilee Pageant is due to start at 2.30pm, with dozens of famous faces performing and showing their support for the Queen.
They may face gray skies and rain, with the latest Met Office forecast for London showing no signs of rain.
Many across the UK celebrated the four-day Jubilee bank holiday weekend with street parties, however, some could be cut short if the deluge hits.
The Met Office advises those in the thunderstorm warning area: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening, possibly merging to give longer spells of rain in places, especially later this afternoon and tonight.
“Torrential downpours are sometimes expected with 15-30mm of rain falling in about an hour in some places and 30-40mm possibly accumulating in two or three hours in a few places.
“These showers will then fade over the course of this evening, but only slowly in some areas, particularly over South Wales, the West Country and the South Midlands.”