Storm warning as thunder to batter Britain before Hurricane Lee chaos

Meteorologists at the Met Office have warned Britons to expect heavy thundery downpours to break over southern England on Saturday. 

The latest weather maps show pockets of wet weather sweeping in as a front moves in across the Atlantic.

It comes as Hurricane Lee, which is now rated as a category 3 hurricane, is forecast to bring heavy rain, 115-mph winds, and dangerous rip currents to the United States during the weekend.

While the United States will bear the brunt of the consequences, the United Kingdom is expected to have some effects in the coming week.

On Saturday (September 16), the Met Office issued an update saying the day would begin sunny in southeastern England, while the southwest could see heavy showers, potentially accompanied by thunderstorms.

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Meanwhile, the Met Office reported that southern Scotland and northern England may expect another day of rain and clouds.

Northern parts of the United Kingdom, on the other hand, will have a mix of sunshine and showers.

Sharing the latest weather graphic, the Met office wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “A bright start to Saturday for southeastern England with some heavy, possibly thundery showers in the southwest.

“Another damp and cloudy day for southern Scotland and northern parts of England, with sunshine and showers further north.”

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Although the UK is surrounded by calm seas, which prevents hurricane development, it frequently sees the aftermath of former storms and hurricanes that have diminished in the Atlantic.

The tropical air from Hurricane Franklin, which spanned the North Atlantic before delivering hot weather to the UK, was blamed for the current heatwave that resulted in temperatures topping 30°C in Britain last week.

Met Office meteorologist Ellie Glaisyer told the PA news agency: “It will be a cloudy start for central and northern parts of the UK. For the South East it will it will be a dry start to the morning.

“Later on in the day, it should be dry for most places, but it will be sunniest in the South East and in the north of Scotland.

“Temperatures of 27C are possible in the South East, but in the north, it will feel cooler, with temperatures staying in the mid-teens. It will be a mild and humid night in the South which could make for uncomfortable sleeping.

“But in rural Scotland, there will be less cloud cover – we could see frosts with temperatures dropping to minus 1C overnight.

“On Sunday there will be widespread thunderstorms, but it will start to get drier as the day goes on. We could see temperatures reach 24C in the South.

“In Scotland, the temperatures will remain in the mid-teens.”

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