Thunderstorms expected this week
Date published: 15 June 2021
Photo: Chloé Hoyle
Lightning at Crown Oil Arena. 16 June 2020
Thunderstorms are expected across the Rochdale borough later this week.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across the North West on Wednesday and Thursday (16 and 17 June).
Although there remains significant uncertainty in location and timing, areas of thunderstorms are expected to move northeast across parts of England and Wales from late Wednesday.
Whilst not all locations will be affected, some intense thunderstorms may occur during this period with torrential rain, hail, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds possible. Rainfall totals of around 30 mm could fall in an hour, with some locations potentially receiving around 50 mm in 2-3 hours, although these will be fairly isolated.
What to expect
- 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
Advice from the Met Office is available here.
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