London weather: Warning issued that tornadoes could hit London 18th June - 19th June 2019

Forecasters are warning that tornadoes could hit London (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

"A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office

Tornadoes could hit parts of London as thunderstorms drench the city, storm chasers are warning.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the whole of London from 6 pm today (Tuesday, June 18) to 9 pm on Wednesday (June 19).

Forecasters at the Met Office have said there is a high chance of thunderstorms, torrential rain, hail and lightning. This could mean flooding and disruption to travel.

Essex Live reports that some forecasters are even warning that tornadoes could hit South East England.

Parts of South London, Kent and East Sussex are the areas most likely to see a tornado but there is a chance they could hit other parts of the capital.

One storm chaser on the UK Weather World forum said that there is the potential "for a significant tornado event" during the spell of bad weather.

Funnel clouds, which are rotating columns of wind that become tornadoes if they touch the ground, are more prevalent in the south of England than the rest of the country.

Although the Met Office has no formal way of documenting the numbers of funnel clouds forming, the Met Office estimates that around 30 form each year.

What the weather warning colours mean

The Met Office issue different colours of weather warning to help the public stay aware of the potential dangers caused by the weather.

But what do the different colours actually mean?

Yellow: Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you. Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays or the disruption of your day to day activities. The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days. Amber: There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met OfficeRed: Extreme weather is expected. Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life are likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

A spokesperson for the Met Office, talking about the weather conditions expected over the next 24 hours, told MyLondon: "If you’re going to get a tornado, it is this sort of system."

In 2006 six people were left injured and 150 homes were damaged after a tornado tore through Kensal Rise in North West London.

According to the Met Office, there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded during the predicted thunderstorms over the next 24 hours, causing potential damage to some buildings as a result of floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds."

Source: MyLondon

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