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Issued 2017-07-23 05:59:56
Valid: 23/07/2017 06z to 24/07/2017 06z



Upper and collocated surface lows across eastern England will slowly drift east across the N Sea during the evening. An unstable Wly veerying NWly to Nly flow will cover England and Wales.


Cold mid-level temperatures of upper low atop moist diurnally heated surface airmass will create steep lapse rates which will support the re-development of scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms today. A zone of wind convergence shifting southeast across England and Wales during the day could be the focus for storms to organise and train along, bringing a threat of localised flooding where they do organise. Otherwise weak vertical shear will mean showers and storms that develop will be dis-organised and pulse-type and will limit the potential for severe weather. Any showers/storms may produce hail and, like yesterday, there could be a few funnels or even brief weak tornadoes / waterspouts – especially where surface convergence combines with buoyant and strong updrafts.

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Issued by the Netweather forecast team whenever there is a risk of storms or severe convective weather, these discussion based and in depth forecasts will highlight the areas at risk and give an in depth description of the risk and the factors surrounding it.

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What do the risk levels mean?

Thunderstorms - Severe thunderstorms unlikely to occur, slight risk of hail, gusting winds and localised flooding.

Slight Risk - A slight risk of severe convective weather exists. Hail >2.0cm diameter, wind gusts exceeding 50mph or 5-10% risk of a tornado within 50 miles of a point, or > 30% risk of localised flooding.

Moderate Risk - A moderate risk of severe convective weather exists. Hail 4-5cm in diameter, or wind gusts of 60-70mph, or a 10-15% chance of a tornado within 50 miles of a point, or >50% risk of localised flooding.

High Risk - A high risk of severe convective weather exists. Rarely, if ever used on the UK. Hail >5cm, or wind gusts in excess of 80mph, or >20% risk of a tornado within 50 miles of a point, or >70% risk of localised flooding.

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