Weather 15 June 2020

Please see the latest weather report from our colleagues in the Met office:

'Another day, another batch of heavy showers and thunderstorms set to brew up and then amble gently NW’wards across the region from around lunchtime onwards through until mid-evening or thereabouts. Alas the Northwest is once again in the firing line for activity today as it has been over the weekend. Based on the latest forecast data the Chief Meteorologist has now issued a yellow warning for virtually the entire region, valid from 1300 through until 2100 (copy above). The risk/impact assessment is that of a medium likelihood of low impacts. So far through the weekend the impacts from shower/storm development have been largely visual (i.e. lightning displays as per the storm that crossed Liverpool late Saturday evening). However, the risk of intense and impactful rainfall is rather greater today and with more shops re-opening after lockdown so more people are likely to be out and about and thus the potential for transport disruption etc is enhanced. The warning specifically highlights:

· Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings/structures.

· Probably some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

· There is a good chance that driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car/bus.

· Delays to train service are possible.

· Some short term loss of power and other services is likely.

Definitely a day for keeping tabs this afternoon/evening on both the rainfall radar on Hazard Manager/Web/App and the lightning map on Hazard Manager. Those without access to Hazard Manager can access the latest lightning strikes via http://en.blitzortung.org/live_lightning_maps.php?map=12 .

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