Thunder warning for Britain: Map shows where storms will batter country TODAY on the Summer Solstice after heavy downpours sparked chaos
- The Met Office has put several yellow weather warnings in place this morning
Thunderstorms are set to batter Britain again today on the Summer Solstice, after days of heavy downpours sparked chaos.
A fresh wave of yellow weather warnings have been released for the country, mainly on Scotland’s east coast and England’s west coast.
It comes as hundreds of people gathered at Stonehenge in Wiltshire this morning to celebrate the summer solstice.
Swathes of heavy rain are set to pour down across much of the country, with lightening and hail expected.
Some flooding, causing disruption to travel and potentially damaging some properties, is also expected.
In the north of the country, the warning is in place from midday until 6pm. The Met Office said: ‘Heavy showers and thunderstorms perhaps causing some flooding and disruption.’
Thunderstorms are set to batter Britain again today on the Summer Solstice, after days of heavy downpours sparked chaos
Thunderstorms are expected across the UK today as hundreds gathered at Stonehenge this morning for the Summer Solstice
Revellers were seen standing by the stones waiting for the sun to rise in Wiltshire
Hundreds gathered in the moonlight ahead of dawn to catch a glimpse of the sunrise at Stonehenge
The warning stretches from Aberdeen and Wick in Scotland to Edinburgh, with Newcastle and Whitby being affected further south.
For South Wales and the south west of England the warning will also come into place at midday but will last until 7pm.
The weather remained clear earlier today as an alliance of druids, pagans, hippies and tourists gathered at Stonehenge to express their devotion to the sun – or see the historic celebration in action.
Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer across the UK and for druids and pagans alike the day is linked to the ancient Celtic religious order holding great importance.
It is no coincidence that Glastonbury music festival – one of the world’s biggest music festivals – has also opened its doors today.
The ominous looking funnel cloud was seen twisting over the Cornish hills this afternoon
Storms in Bedfordshire has caused Manshead Academy to shut down for the day, with students currently on site having to be collected as the school grounds have become extremely flooded
The ongoing downpours have also caused the M6 northbound between J2 and J3 near Coventry to close due to flooding on the carriageway. Highways England said they were trying to clear the roads
Festivalgoers will be treated to a mixture of sun and rain, as they party into the weekend.
The interchangeable weather predicted for the week comes as storms battered Britain yesterday, causing mayhem on runways, roads and train-lines, while flash floods caused schools to shut.
In Cornwall an ominous funnel cloud was spotted spinning its way across the Cornish countryside.
Parts of the M6 near Coventry were also forced to close, while trains were disrupted on the Southern and Thameslink lines.
It comes as temperatures are set sizzle once again in a 30C heatwave over the weekend.
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