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UK weather: EIGHT HOURS of thunderstorms to smash Britain with 50mph gales today before snow tomorrow

EIGHT hours of thunderstorms with 50mph winds will smash Britain today – before snow hits tomorrow.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of the UK including London, Birmingham and Cardiff.

There will be heavy rain, thunderstorms and "very gusty winds" this morning, the Met Office said.

"A band of heavy & thundery rain is currently moving across south west England, Wales and the Midlands," the forecaster said.

"The rain is accompanied by some gusty winds which will give difficult travelling conditions in places.

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

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

The warning has been put in place for between 4am and 12pm today.

Gusts are expected to peak at up to 50mph.

A terrified driver had to be rescued from a car which was trapped in surging floods as torrential rain swamped many parts of Britain this morning.

Fire crews in Fowey, Cornwall battled through the floodwater to reach the car shortly after 7am.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue tweeted: "Vehicle left the road after hitting flood water.

"Driver not injured but had to be helped from the car due to the depth of the water and the position of the vehicle."

Many regions were lashed by storms, with thunder and lightning adding to the chaos.

In Devon, there's a flood warning for River Avon at South Brent, Avonwick and Aveton Gifford.

A pile-up blocked the M5 southbound carriageway this morning from Junction 30 to Junction 31 at Exeter.

And the A38 was blocked by another accident near Exeter Racecourse.

Many river levels are rising rapidly – the Environment Agency issued several flood warnings, including one for residents living near the Frome in Maiden Newton, Dorset.

With the storms came strong winds, which have hit power supplies in many areas.

More than 375 homes are without electricity in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, this morning, and around 80 have been blacked out at Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.

Police have warned motorists to slow down because many roads are flooded.


Meanwhile snow is expected to hit tomorrow – and it's likely to stay chilly until the end of the month.

The first flurry of snow for the country is due on Thursday, but thankfully for many of us we will be unaffected by headaches that snowfall can cause.

Met Office forecaster Annie Shuttleworth said: "On Wednesday night we will see a front move south through the UK, and that could bring with it some snow.

"But this is restricted to high ground in Scotland. For most of us we will see rain in that front."

The cold snap is tipped to last until Halloween, with hail and rain blowing in on an Arctic chill.

The Met Office's long-range weather forecast said temperatures are likely to drop into next week.

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