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Met Office weather warning: “Danger to life” before 12 hours of heavy rain Bath City News

Met Office forecasters have issued a 12 hour ‘life threatening’ weather warning as Somerset and southern England brace for heavier rains.

The alert, which warns that heavy rains can cause flooding and travel disruption, will run from 12:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, July 12).

The area affected by the warning stretches approximately 290 miles from Taunton in the west to Halesworth, Suffolk in the east.

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All of southern England – including Salisbury, Portsmouth, Brighton and London – is also in the crosshairs.

The Met Office said: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses will be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

“There is a small chance that rapid or deep flood water is life threatening.

“In the event of a flood, there is a low risk of delay or cancellation of train and bus services.

The Met Office has issued a 12 hour weather warning for rain for parts of Somerset and southern England

“Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There is a small chance that some communities will be isolated by flooded roads.

“There is a slight risk of power outages and loss of other services in some homes and businesses.”

Homes and businesses in southern Somerset have only recently been inundated due to torrential rains in what has been described as an ‘unprecedented weather event’ by Somerset County Council, which has led to shelters in emergency, evacuations and emergency repairs.

Residents of the region will no doubt be on red alert over the next few days, after the summer has been plagued by heavy rains and thunderstorms.

There have been heat waves so far and June 14 has been recorded as the hottest day of the year so far after temperatures of 28.6C were recorded at the airport from Heathrow, London.

Early forecasts also show above average temperatures in the UK in late July and early August.

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