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Urgent Met Office warning as 50mph winds & thunderstorms hit

THE Met Office has issued an urgent warning with 50mph and thunderstorms set to cause travel chaos.

Strong winds will push across eastern England this morning, buffeting Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Storm clouds blanket the Hampshire cricket ground in Southampton last weekCredit: PA
A Met Office yellow warning is in force this morning

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A Met Office yellow warning is in force this morningCredit: Met Office
East Anglia will be buffeted by 50mph winds

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East Anglia will be buffeted by 50mph windsCredit: MET Office

Heavy showers will drench the warning zone – with a risk of hail and thunder.

There could be road, rail, and ferry delays until the yellow wind warning ends at 11am.

Delays for high-sided motors on exposed routes are also possible, forecasters said.

Unseasonable gusts of up to 50mph may be strong enough to bring down a few branches or trees.

Met Office: how to stay safe in the storm

Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables.

Amend your travel plans if necessary and be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly.

When a weather warning is issued, the Met Office recommends staying up to date with the weather forecast in your area.

Other parts of the UK will see a mix of sunny spells and showers lingering into the night.

Brits will enjoy a few moments of sheltered sunshine amid the cool breeze.

Tonight it will turn drier as the wind sweeps rain clouds out into the North Sea.

The showers will be a bit lighter tomorrow, with the west enjoying a mostly dry day.

On the whole, it will be cool and soggy for this time of year – with a fresh band of cloud and rain arriving on Thursday.

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The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood amber flood alerts across England.

But the agency said the overall flood risk over the coming days is very low.

This week’s Met Office forecast

Today

Overnight rain clearing out into the North Sea during the morning, with sunny spells and showers through the day.

Showers heaviest in the east with a risk of hail and thunder. Cool in the breeze, but warm in sheltered sunshine.

Tonight

Showers lingering on northern and eastern coasts, but turning drier in land with some evening sunshine.

Cool overnight, especially under clear skies.

Tuesday

Another day of sunny spells and showers, but showers generally lighter than on Monday.

Mostly dry in western parts. Staying cool for the time of year.

Wednesday to Friday

Staying cool with a mixture of sunny spells and showers over the next few days.

Showers turning lighter by Wednesday, before an organised band of cloud and rain arrives Thursday.