Met Office issues yellow warnings for torrential rain and thunderstorms

Weather warnings have been put in place today and tomorrow as severe rain and thunderstorms hit southern England.

The Met Office has issued a yellow storm warning as parts of Britain face torrential downpours.

The grim forecasted weather could bring disruption, blackouts and horrible driving conditions.

Grey skies and showers have dominated the forecast for the south, with temperatures lingering in the high teens.

The Met Office has warned rain will continue into the early evening.

It said: “Areas of heavy rain will continue to move eastwards across southern parts of England, bringing up to 1.1 or 1.5 inches (30 or 40mm) in five or six hours in a few areas – enough to cause a lot of surface water and some flooding on roads.

"Conditions drying up across the west of the warning area later."

The yellow weather warning is in place for London and most of the south of England.

The Met Office said to expect spray and flooding on roads and slower public transport and journey times.

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And forecasters said there could be flooding of a few homes and businesses.

Flooding is a possibility again after Storm Francis brought severe downpours earlier in the week.

Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: "The latter part of August has been dominated by Storm Ellen and Storm Francis, both of which had wind warnings which is unusual for August, but then if you rewind to the beginning of the month, we had no wind at all.

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"We had high temperatures, light winds and exceptional heat which lasted for about a week.

"It has been an interesting month, starting out with a hot summer and seeing its way out with more autumnal weather."

Moving into Friday the Met Office is predicting more bad weather with the possibility of thunderstorms.

The forecast reads: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop quite quickly later on Friday morning, but peaking during the afternoon for many, before probably becoming more restricted to the southeast and south coastal counties towards evening.

"Some places will miss the heavier rain, but other locations could see around 20mm within an hour and perhaps 30 to 40 mm in around 3 hours, sufficient to cause issues on the roads.”

The warnings are for the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, South West England, Wales and the West Midlands and are in place from 11am on Friday until 8pm the same day.

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