Wild weather to leave the whole of Wales awash
THUNDERSTORMS and torrential rain are expected to hit parts of Wales this week – with forecasters warning there could be flooding, power cuts and lightning strikes.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain which will be in place from 11am today (May 31) until 9pm tomorrow (June 1), with most of the country affected.
Forecasters have warned homes and businesses could flood, while lightning strikes, hail and strong winds could wreak havoc.
Today will see the worst of the weather hitting the country, despite warm temperatures.
The day will start off mostly dry and cloudy but the afternoon will see rain and thunder move in from the south west at around 1pm.
The bad weather will then become widespread at around 4pm as storms develop, with thunderstorms hitting much of the south of the country, along with Machynlleth and Blaenau Ffestiniog in the north.
Surface water on the roads could lead to difficult driving conditions, the Met Office warned, and there could be some road closures as well as delays to bus and train services.
Some parts of Wales could also be affected by power cuts as the weather worsens.
But despite the clouds and heavy rain, temperatures will rise to around 22C throughout the day.
The stormy weather will begin to hit parts of west Wales at around 7pm, when light rain will fall, with a chance of thunder in some areas.
Most of north Wales will escape the bad weather, with clouds and light showers predicted for most of the day.
By 10pm the rain and thunder will subside in the south with light rain in some places.
However, storms will move north, affecting Llanidloes, Newtown and Llandwddyn and Dolgellau during the night. Tomorrow will be much milder, although temperatures will drop to highs of around 17C around the country.