More than half a month’s rain could fall across the south of England today, which could lead to “homes and businesses” being flooded, the Met Office has warned.
Between 30mm to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some spots in just six hours.
In a typical August, 63mm of rain falls across the southeast of England over the entire month.
Buildings and structures could be damaged by flooding and lightning strikes while homes may lose power “for a short time”.
There is also “a good chance” drivers could be delayed by spray and standing water, and of rail passengers facing delayed journeys.
Holidaymakers beginning their getaway are advised to check the forecast and social media channels for updates and brace themselves for extended journey times.
A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued by the Met Office for large parts of the South and the West Midlands between 6am and midday on Friday.
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The area affected covers London as well as the whole of the South East and the Solent area, stretching north all the way to Birmingham.
A yellow warning for wind is in place across coastal areas of north and mid-Wales between midnight and 6pm on Friday – and gusts could reach up to 60mph.
The Met Office said trees could fall down leading to train cancellations and likely delays.
Marquees and tents that may be used by campers in Snowdonia could also fall down in the gusts while caravans and lorries may struggle on some roads.
Homes could also lose power for a short time in affected areas, the forecaster warned.
Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said…
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This notice was published: 2023-08-17 23:47:00
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