Thunderstorms and lightning are forecast in London ahead of Truss’s speech

London and Balmoral Castle are expected to be battered by thunder, lightning and rain on Tuesday as Liz Truss takes up her new role as Prime Minister.

The Met Office said thunderstorms are expected across the capital from midday, with the possibility of hail also descending on Westminster.

The weather could see Mrs Truss addressing the nation for the first time as Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon at Number 10 rather than on the doorstep of Downing Street as is traditional.

Liz Truss is preparing to take office as the country’s next prime minister (Stefan Rousseau/PA) (PA wire)

Scotland is expected to have a drier start before showers break out later.

Thunder, lightning and heavy rain are forecast from 11am in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, where the Queen is due to meet Boris Johnson and Mrs Truss for the Prime Minister’s handover at Balmoral.

Buckingham Palace said Mr Johnson would arrive at the door of Balmoral for his audience with the Queen at 11.20am on Tuesday.

His departure, as is customary, will be private and behind the camera.

At 12:10pm Ms. Truss will arrive at the castle gates ready for her audience which is expected to last around 30 minutes before departing at around 12:40pm.

The departure of the new prime minister will be filmed as usual.

Boris Johnson delivering a speech outside 10 Downing Street after meeting the Queen and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister in 2019 (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Archive)

Ellie Wilson, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It’s going to be a rainy day like today, particularly in London, with the risk of thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoon from midday.

“It goes on until late afternoon, early evening. There can also be hail.

“Slightly drier tomorrow morning in Scotland, but cloudy. There is a slow moving front moving north through late morning afternoon which will bring some rain and drizzle over the hills. There will also be showers throughout the day in Scotland.

“In London temperatures will be 24-25C and it will still feel quite muggy.

“In Scotland, the highs reach 18°C ​​to 20°C.”

Yellow thunderstorm weather warnings are in place for the west and parts of south-west England and east and south-east Wales from 2pm to 2am on Tuesday.

The forecaster says residents could see flooding, damage to buildings and power outages as they face spray, stagnant water, hail and gusty winds.

The yellow weather warning was also issued at 8.35pm Monday to Tuesday at 6am across the south east and east of England.

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