UK weather: Brits face yellow thunderstorm alert as festivalgoers battle with ‘dust devil’

The Met Office has issued yet another yellow weather warning for thunderstorms which is in force for the entirety of Wednesday. The news of further chaotic weather comes after footage of Boomtown Festival in Hampshire appeared to show tents flying up to 60feet into the air.

The recent extreme hot weather facing Brits is at the root of the heavy thunderstorms now being experienced.

The Met Office weather warning is issued for the South of England and warns of “possible disruption” due to torrential rain throughout Wednesday.

The yellow warning also sees the UK’s national weather service advise residents that flash flooding of homes and businesses remains possible with lightning strikes, hail and potentially strong winds.

Flooding is more likely to occur following the heatwaves because the soil in mild weather acts like a sponge but in the heat it gets hard and no longer absorbs as much water.

The Met Office said: “Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life.

“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.”

Other warnings include difficult driving conditions, road closures and even power cuts.

Despite the damp weather, temperatures in the South East will still reach highs of 25C, according to WXCHARTs.

The rest of the southern region will see highs between 19C and 22C throughout the afternoon.

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“Luckily, we weren’t in the path of it. You could see it twisting dust-up about 60feet into the air and it looked like a twister.”

The Met Office also added that the footage was unclear in terms of timeframe meaning that it may have been caused by something known as a “dust devil”.

The Met Office said: “There were showers in that region around 5pm on Sunday, and the environment of that would have supported some short-lived tornado activity.

“If it wasn’t around then, there’s a chance it could be a ‘dust devil’ – which is effectively some swirling air that can occur when the ground is dry and high temperatures produce strong updrafts.”

The outlook for the rest of the week is calmer, with patches of sun and drizzle.