Forecasters have given the UK a ‘life threatening’ warning as disruptive storms are set to replace sunny weather.
Much of the Midlands and southern England will be covered by a yellow Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms today (June 23), while some border areas in Wales will also be affected.
The alert, which will be in place from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., advises the public to expect flooding accompanied by thunderstorms following “torrential downpours”.
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Dangerous conditions on the roads could also pose a danger to life, the warning states.
The Met Office weather forecast for Thursday read: “Fair and dry at first for most parts, with many parts experiencing warm sunny spells thereafter. Showers and thunderstorms are however expected to erupt over parts of England and the Wales this afternoon giving heavy showers.”
Thundery showers will then continue to spread Friday morning (June 24) from East Anglia to Scotland, according to Netweather’s Jo Farrow.
The forecast is bad news for revelers heading to Glastonbury, who will likely see the festival descend into a messy mudbath yet again as rain arrives just in time for the first day.
Giving the Met Office the outlook for the three-day musical extravaganza, assistant meteorologist Helen Caughey said attendees should plan to bring “both sun hats and raincoats” as they head to the Somerset fields.
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Temperatures will remain relatively mild, however, with highs of 18°C to 20°C expected during the day and lows of 11°C at night.
Official advice on how to stay safe during a thunderstorm indicates that certain activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating should be avoided to avoid strikes.
Anyone who is in an exposed area and feels their hair stand on end should also “crouch low to the ground” immediately, with their hands on their knees and their head between them.