Birmingham 'danger to life' weather warning for heavy rain and floods with travel chaos expected
Birmingham has been issued with a yellow weather warning from the Met Office as the city faces traffic and travel mayhem.
The alert – for thunderstorms – warns of a downturn in weather today (Wednesday, August 14) as the city is faced with a barrage of rain.
Birmingham will be met by a deluge of rainfall, which could spark traffic chaos on the roads, with drivers urged to be vigilant.
There is also expected to be serious rail chaos, with train services likely to be cancelled or delayed through the third working day of the week.
The agency has issued the alert for Birmingham, the Black Country and swathes of the Midlands.
Shopshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire are all affected.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and transport disruption in a few places, the Met Office says.
The Met Office warns: “Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and possible road closures.
“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.
“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.”
Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, 200+ publications
The alert runs from 2pm until 10pm.
Forecasters say a cloudy start this morning will give way to outbreaks of heavy rain.
Heavy rain will ease in the afternoon and many places will stay cloudy, but some brighter spells are possible too.
This may trigger some heavy and thundery scattered showers before, tonight, thunderstorms ease away in the evening.
The Met Office says this will lleave a largely dry night with a few clear spells and the odd light shower.
After a largely cloudy start with the odd shower, it will gradually turn drier and brighter into the afternoon on Thursday.
Feeling warm in the sunshine, but breezy in exposure, before a spell of wet and windy weather will arrive on Friday afternoon.
Met Office, meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “It’s going to be quite fresh first thing.
“Showers will develop across England with hit and miss sharp downpours.”
Mr McGivern said: “Whilst we begin the day with wet weather, throughout the day increasingly sunny skies and dry weather will break out by the afternoon.
“All in all an unsettling few days coming up.”