Issued at: 12:26 on Thursday 2 July 2015
Valid from: 14:00 on Thursday 2 July 2015
Valid to: 21:00 on Thursday 2 July 2015
A band of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected to move northeastwards this afternoon and evening. This may produce locally very intense rainfall rates over a brief period of time, with hail, lightning and gusty winds additional hazards.
The public should be aware of the potential for some very localised significant disruption due to a combination of these elements.
Chief Forecaster’s Assessment
An active cold front moving northeastwards will become unstable as it encounters warm, moist air ahead of it. This is likely to lead to some heavy rain and thunderstorms, perhaps forming a narrow band which moves northeastwards across NE Wales, the north Midlands and northern England this afternoon and evening, clearing northeast England towards dusk. Whilst not lasting for very long in any given place, rainfall is likely to be briefly very intense with hail, locally combining with lightning and gusty winds to lead to disruption, especially where this coincides with this evening’s busy travel period.