UK issued danger to life weather warning from thunderstorms and heavy rain

Forecasters have given the UK a 'danger to life' warning as disruptive storms stand ready to replace sunny weather.

Much of the Midlands and south of England will be covered by a Met Office yellow weather warning for thunderstorms today (June 23), while some border areas of Wales will also be affected.

The alert, which will be in place from 10am to 11:59pm, advises the public to expect some flooding alongside lightning storms as a result of "torrential downpours".

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Unsafe conditions on the roads could also pose a danger to life, the warning says.

The Met Office weather forecast for Thursday meanwhile reads: "Fine and dry at first for most areas, many parts then seeing warm sunny periods. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out over parts of England and Wales this afternoon though, giving some heavy downpours."

Thundery showers will then continue to spread on Friday morning (June 24) from East Anglia all the way up to Scotland, according to Jo Farrow from Netweather.

The forecast is bad news for revellers heading to Glastonbury, who will likely see the festival descend into a messy mud bath yet again as the rain arrives just in time for the first day.

Giving the Met Office outlook for the three-day music extravaganza, Deputy Meteorologist Helen Caughey said attendees should plan to bring "both sunhats and raincoats" as they headed to the Somerset fields.

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Temperatures however will stay relatively mild, with highs of 18C to 20C expected during the day and lows of 11C at night.

Official advice on how to stay safe during a lightning storm advises that certain activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating should be avoided to prevent strikes.

Anyone who is in an exposed area and feels their hair stand on end should also "squat close to the ground" immediately with their hands on their knees and their head tucked in between them.

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