'Apocalyptic' rain batters Devon ahead of more wet and stormy weather

Devon was hit by 'apocalyptic' rain this evening (Tuesday, May 21) after the Met Office issued a severe weather warning. People all across Devon have heard loud thunder today and experienced torrential rainfall, and unfortunately there is more to come.

Locals in the East Devon villlage of Wilmington reported 'apocalyptic' rain falling this evening. Videos from the scene show the sheer amount of rain falling, as one person said they had never seen anything like it.

And it comes as Devon and the region are bracing for more heavy rain as thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across parts of the UK in the coming days. Yellow weather warnings have been issued, with Devon under a thunderstorm warning until 9pm tonight.

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And from tomorrow (May 22), an area of low pressure from the east is expected to bring heavy and potentially prolonged rainfall, according to SomersetLive. The extent of the downpour will depend on the path of the low pressure system, which could see widespread areas receiving 30-40 mm of rain, while some spots might be drenched with 60-80 mm.

There's even a possibility that some regions could be hit with up to 150 mm of rain. But despite the dreary outlook, the South West may escape the heaviest showers later this week.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: "The area of low pressure developing in the southern North Sea will push a band of heavy rain north and west across the UK."

He further added: "Areas exposed to the strengthening northerly winds are most likely to see the highest rainfall amounts, though exact details regarding the track of the low and thus where we might see the highest rainfall totals remains uncertain. Warnings are likely to be updated as more details emerge, and it is important therefore, that people to keep an eye on the forecast."

The forecast predicts showers for Friday, particularly in the north. A front from the Atlantic may bring a band of rain to Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Saturday. However, for many, Saturday will be a fair day with temperatures slightly above average.

South West weather forecast

Today: Morning low cloud is expected to clear, leaving sunny spells with scattered showers developing in the afternoon. These could turn heavy or thundery, especially across parts of Devon and Cornwall. The maximum temperature is set to reach 20 C.

Tonight's forecast: Showers are expected to ease during the evening, with most areas becoming dry with clear spells overnight. Some low-level cloud may develop across parts of Devon and Cornwall later. The minimum temperature is predicted to be 8 C.

Wednesday's outlook: A dry and bright start is expected with any low-level cloud soon breaking up and clearing. Showers are once again expected to develop but are likely to be less heavy than today. The maximum temperature is forecasted to be 19 C.

Weather from Thursday to Saturday: Thursday and Friday are expected to be largely dry and fine with just the odd shower around. Saturday is likely to start dry but showery rain is expected to arrive later in the day.