UK weather: More storms to come after heavy rainfall, lightning and hail ‘the size of peas’ batter parts of country

Heavy downpours, lightning and hailstones “the size of garden peas” have caused disruption across the UK, with more stormy weather set to come.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for rain which remains in place for parts of northern Scotland until 11pm as emergency services dealt with more than 50 flooding-related calls overnight on Tuesday.

Yellow warnings for rain have been issued in northwest England and wind in southwest England on Thursday and Friday, with forecasters predicting gusts of up to 65mph.

Video and images shared on social media have shown hail storms in Northamptonshire, which set off car alarms.

One social media user in Stoke described the hail as “the size of garden peas”, adding he had “never seen owt like it”.

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