Thunderstorms could hit Greater Manchester today as Met Office issues yellow weather warning

No watching the Euros in a beer garden today.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 18th June 2024

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the country as Greater Manchester could be hit with a thunderstorm today (Tuesday, 18 June).

So much for summer getting started.

It looked like Manchester was finally being treated to some patches of sun as we approach the warmer months but it now looks as though the forecast is set to snap back into local normality with the risk of thunderstorms hitting the country this week.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued not just in our area but across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, parts of the East Midlands and various other regions across the UK.

The warning has been officially set to last from 11am this morning until 9pm this evening across Greater Manchester, with Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside and the city centre all likely to be affected.


As stated on the Met Office website, the conditions are expected to cause disruption to public transport and travel in general, stating that “there is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus”.

“Short-term loss of power and other services is possible”, as well as “some flooding of a few homes and businesses”, along with the chance of falling debris and damage to buildings/structures.


Delays to train and bus services are also possible.

Thunderstorms are expected to hit Manchester today. (Credit: Met Office)

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The meteorologists went on to explain that “slow-moving thunderstorms and heavy showers may cause some disruption to travel and outdoor activities”, with the heaviest period of rainfall expected from around noon for most areas.

Here in Greater Manchester, however, it is thought that the most significant downpour will take place around 7pm. Meanwhile, heat-wise, they forecast that things are expected to stay “generally cool but feeling warm in any sunshine”, only reaching a top temperature of around 15C.


We hope you brought your anorak to work today.

That being said, the weather is said to improve from Wednesday onwards, with highs of around 21C predicted for Thursday and Friday.

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