Weather warning issued as Shropshire and North Wales brace for thunderstorms

By Deborah Hardiman | Environment | Published:

Forecasters are warning of severe thunderstorms across Shropshire this afternoon and evening.

Met Office graphic

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office covering the whole county, warning of possible disruption to travel and power supplies as well as some damage to buildings.

Thunder was reported in Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Telford from around 4pm as storms started after days of warm and humid weather.

Shropshire and North Wales are among the areas predicted to be at risk until the early hours of the morning with a possibility of 150mm of rainfall within a few hours. This is twice the average level of rainfall for August.

Conditions are expected to become more unsettled from today up until Friday.

See the latest forecast from The Met Office here:

Monday afternoon forecast 10/08/20

Some places were expected to experience bad weather overnight with a small chance communities may be completely cut off.


There was also a risk that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from flood water, lightning strikes and large hail stones.

Motorists are being advised to take care and slow down when travelling in heavy rain, wind and stormy conditions.

Following a warning over the weekend chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said today: “A second yellow thunderstorm warning is also in place for parts of North West England, North Wales and West Midlands where the worst of the storms are likely to occur.

"Here exceptional rainfall totals could be seen of 60mm in an hour with a very small chance of 150mm of rainfall in three or four hours."

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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