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Met Office warns a month’s rain could fall on Sunday

The Met Office has warned a month’s rain could fall on parts of the UK on Sunday (17 September), before the arrival of autumn weather next week.

Forecasters also claim there is a “small chance” lives could be put at risk as a result of thunderstorms which are predicted to hit the south west of England and south Wales.

It has also issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across the region between 7am and 6pm – covering major cities including Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea.

The meteorological service believes up to 70mm of rain could fall in a few hours in some spots in the region, which typically sees an average of 92.45mm September rainfall.

It is also feared there could be a low risk that homes and businesses could also be in danger of flooding quickly in “torrential downpours.”

The unsettled weather is expected to continue into next week when temperatures are tipped to return to the average for the time of year – following the September heatwave which gripped the country.

Buildings could also be damaged by lightning, hail or strong winds as well as floodwater.

There is also a “small chance” of power cuts or that other services to homes and businesses could be lost while some communities could also be cut off by floodwater.

People planning on travelling face the prospect of delays or sudden cancellations to trains and busses.

Roads may be closed at short notice due to spray and sudden floods and “difficult driving conditions” are expected on those that remain open.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said the region has already seen some rainfall but it is expected to get worse later this weekend.

She added: “The heaviest and most persistent rain will be tomorrow morning, bringing a risk of some potential flooding in homes and businesses.”

Ms Ayers urged drivers to think about their stopping distances if they need to travel on a motorway and to look at the Met Office and RAC websites for updates before setting off.

She said the region’s weather will “remain unsettled” early next week, bringing “very changeable and autumnal” conditions.

It is believed more heavy showers and thunderstorms could possibly sweep across the region early next week and the band of rain is set to move northwards.

Much of England and Wales will remain unaffected by the storms but lighter rain could fall across the north of England, Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland over the weekend.

Cloudy conditions are expected in unaffected areas, with a possibility of sunny spells that are “likely to be fairly limited”, while temperatures are not set to top the low 20s.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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