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Birmingham on alert for thunderstorms and torrential downpours

Birmingham and the Black Country is braced for the risk of flooding and travel disruption this weekend after forecasters warned of torrential downpours and thunderstorms.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the deluge across parts of England, including the West Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland on Saturday.

The warning, which runs from midday until 10pm, covers large expanses of each nation, with the exception of some coastal areas, London and other parts of the south east.

Forecasters said many places will miss the worst of conditions, but warned of the potential for some transport disruption and possible flooding.

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This could include spray, standing water and hail affecting driving conditions, delays to train services, the short term loss of power, potential damage from lightning strikes and possible flooding of a few homes and businesses.

National Highways advised drivers to plan ahead and take care on the roads, with fire services across the country also encouraging caution.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said up to 40mm (1.6in) of rain is expected to hit the areas within its warning on Saturday.

The yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place across much of the country

He said: “On Saturday we will see a band of heavy rain push north-eastwards across the UK, followed by sunshine and heavy showers. Sunday will see the heavy rain clearing to bright and sunny spells and heavy showers in the east.”

The wet start to the weekend comes after areas have already seen a month’s worth of average rainfall for August with 12 days still to go, while other areas have been exceptionally dry.

Mr Dewhurst said overall UK temperatures and rainfall for the time of year are “about average”.

On Saturday, the mercury is set to rise to around 21C (69.8F) in London, 20C (68F) in Cardiff, and 18C (64.4F) in Edinburgh and Belfast.

And there are signs that the warmer, drier conditions may continue.

Forecaster Brian Glaze, of The Weather Outlook, added: “Showers affect northern and eastern counties on Monday. Elsewhere it should be mainly dry with variable amounts of cloud. Feeling warmer than recently.

“Tuesday could bring scattered showers to Wales and north western England, but most places should stay dry. Sunny spells develop widely. The rest of the week is looking predominantly dry and there should be a fair amount of sunshine. Feeling warm in the sun.”

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