Met Office issues yellow weather warning for thunderstorms throughout Milton Keynes

    The Met Office has today (09/08) put in place a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across many southern parts of the UK.

    The warning is in force until 21:00 later this evening. In a short statement, a spokesperson for the Met Office said: "While many places will stay dry, heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and travel disruption in a few places."

    Thunderstorms can occur at any time of the year but it is during the summer months when thunderstorms in the UK are most likely to produce large hail, gusty winds and torrential downpours that can cause disruption to transport networks and damage property.

    The Met Office has today issued a warning saying that locals should expect that:

    • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds

    • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services

    • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

    • There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads

    • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

    If you are caught out in thunder and lightning it is advised that you wind up the windows and stay inside your car. This is because in the vast majority of cars with a metal roof and frame, the frame will act as a conductive Faraday cage, passing the current around the passengers inside and on to the ground.

    The Met Office believes that it is likely there could be disruption to travel during this period. 

    For further travel advice and more details about how to stay safe during a thunderstorm, please click here.

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