The season of thunderstorms is officially here as they are set to sweep parts of the UK overnight.

Forecasters have warned that driving conditions are set to be dangerous the possibility of flooding is likely as the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for most of the UK.

According to the Met Office, some areas in the country will see up to 80mm of rain in just three hours.

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The yellow weather warning was in place until 2am on Tuesday and comes after a staggering 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the UK in just 12 hours on Sunday.

With more thunderstorms expected to hit during the day on Tuesday, forecasters are predicting that the violent weather conditions could disrupt new prime minister Liz Truss’s first speech to the nation, a day after beating Rishi Sunak in the race for the top seat at 10 Downing Street.

Ellie Wilson, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It’s going to be a showery day as it has been today, with a risk of thunderstorms particularly through the afternoon from midday onwards.

“That’s continuing all the way until late afternoon, early evening. There’s a chance of hail too.”

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Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said: “The main factor leading our weather in the next few days and indeed through the week is an area of low pressure that's coming to the west of the UK.

“And it sits there through the week, very slowly moving eastward.

“From that area of low pressure we'll get a number of fronts that are sort of spinning off it, as well as the thunderstorms which are being pushed up from the south.

“We've also got a cold front that's moving eastward off of that low pressure, bringing further rain as well.”


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