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Met Office issue yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and massive rainfall

In Europe
May 01, 2024

The Met office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for large parts of south Wales. The warning is in place overnight from 8pm on Wednesday, May 1, to 8am on May 2. Heavy rain and storms are expected on the lead up to the Bank Holiday weekend, which is expected to be a wet one.

The full warning reads: “Spells of heavy rain are expected this evening and overnight. In some places, most likely over northern and eastern parts of the warning area, there is a chance that rain will be accompanied by thunderstorms and frequent lightning. 20 to 40 mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely with 50 mm possible in a few places. In some places much of this rain may fall over a 2 or 3 hour period.”

The warning also says there could be difficult driving conditions and road closures, potential flash flooding as well as a slight chance of power cuts and damage to buildings.

There are also weather warnings in place for other parts of the country, with storms forecast for the south of England over the coming days. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

Areas covered by the warning

  • Blaenau Gwent

  • Bridgend

  • Caerphilly

  • Cardiff

  • Carmarthenshire

  • Merthyr Tydfil

  • Monmouthshire

  • Neath Port Talbot

  • Newport

  • Powys

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf

  • Swansea

  • Torfaen

  • Vale of Glamorgan

The area covered by the warning -Credit:Met Office

The area covered by the warning -Credit:Met Office

The Met Office forecast for Wales


Further outbreaks of rain, thundery at first across south Wales, this easing during Thursday. Elsewhere mostly cloudy perhaps with some brighter spells developing across Gwynedd and Conwy later. Maximum temperature 15 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Largely cloudy on Friday with outbreaks of rain. Remaining unsettled into the weekend with showers or longer spells of rain. Feeling warm, particularly in any sunny spells.

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