Flights grounded at Heathrow due to storms

One in five flights were cancelled during a two-hour period at Heathrow today due to thundery weather, the airport has said.

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Stormy weather prompts flight cancellations

Passengers flying today are being urged to check the status of their flight. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

One in five flights will be cancelled during a two-hour period at Heathrow today due to thundery weather, the airport has said.

A spokeswoman said: "There is severe weather forecast at Heathrow with a 70% risk of thunderstorms, lightning strikes and hail storms. During thunderstorms the number of aircraft that can take off and land each hour is reduced.

"We have therefore requested that airlines reduce their flight schedule by 20% between 4pm and 6pm. Passengers due to travel on July 19 are urged to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport."

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