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Biggest storm of the year expected to batter Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

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THUNDER and lightning storms will batter Burton this weekend according to a weather warning issued by the Met Office.

The downpours are set to hit on Saturday morning, with up to 25mm of rain expected to fall in just a few hours.

The storm will cover the vast majority of the UK, and will centralise over the Midlands.

The Met Office released a yellow weather warning yesterday.

Paul Gilliver of the Newhall weather station said: “We’ve noticed a consistent drop in pressure over the past few days, which often happens when a storm is about to hit.

“The weekend will be very wet and horrible, with temperatures up in the high teens or low twenties.

“The beginning of next week isn’t looking much better either.”

Met Office representative Daniel Williams warned that because such a large amount of rain is expected to fall in such a short space of time, it is likely that a lot of areas will not have the adequate drainage to quickly carry water away.

This means flooding is a risk.

He said:“We can only describe this as a very unsettling summer storm.

“The heavy thundery rain will cover most of England, with a possibility of localised flooding.

“Unfortunately at this stage it is too difficult to say exactly where the worst areas will be.”

The Met Office is hoping to have a better understanding of where the worst-affected areas are likely to be by Friday.

Burton can expect heavy rain between now and Saturday, paving a rather damp way for the storm’s arrival.

Mr Williams added: “It’s a typical British summer.”

“We are trying to stress that this kind of thing isn’t completely out of the ordinary and is nothing for people to be too worried about.

“The main problems will be for those living in areas that experience flooding, but hopefully there won’t be many.”

Those who might be driving when the storm hits are advised to take extra precautions, as visibility is expected to be poor.

Further information and updates are available by heading to the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk

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