Tornado warning issued in UK as major thunderstorm prepares to batter parts of England

Tornado warning issued in UK as major thunderstorm prepares to batter parts of England

A tornado warning has been issued in the UK ahead of major thunderstorms set to batter large parts of the country.

A yellow weather warning was issued across the South West this afternoon – with The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) refusing to rule out isolated tornadoes across the regions.

The watch has come into force from 2:50pm today, Monday, September 5, and lasts until 1am tomorrow Tuesday, September 6, CornwallLive reported.

A weather update on TORRO’s website said: “Rather intense vertically-stacked low is to the SW of the Republic of Ireland.

“A shortwave trough is moving ENE and will overspread the area this afternoon and evening. Convection has developed ahead of a more general area of showery rain, whilst other convection may develop within the showery rain.

“Shear will be sufficient for cell organisation and perhaps rotation, leading to the risk of modestly large hail and gusty winds.

“Additionally, one or two tornadoes cannot be ruled out, especially from pre-frontal convection.”

The Met Office said areas across Devon and Cornwall should also expect “heavy showers” and “blustery southerly wind” this afternoon.

Today’s forecast shows sunny intervals throughout the morning, changing to stormy weather this afternoon, starting at around 1pm.

A Met Office forecast for the South West today said: “A bright morning with sunny spells and a few showers.

“Turning more unsettled into the afternoon as bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms move northeast across the region. Feeling warm and muggy with a blustery southerly wind. Maximum temperature 26 °C.

“Heavy showers and thunderstorms will gradually clear to the north, leading most places dry overnight. Perhaps a few showers continuing through the early hours. Minimum temperature 11 °C.”