Met Office issues ten-hour thunderstorm warning for Gloucestershire

Met Office forecasters predict another wave of bad weather to hit parts of the county
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Gloucestershire has been warned to brace for "thundery downpours" today as a fresh wave of bad weather is predicted to hit the region. The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning across parts of the South West and Midlands, alongside a forecast of heavy rain, with flooding and lightning strikes possible.

The warning runs from 2pm until 11.59pm today (Tuesday, July 9). The Met Office said there is a "good chance" driving conditions will be affected by the bad weather and up to 30mm of rain could fall within just a few hours.

Gloucester is included in the yellow alert, though Cheltenham is not. The affected area covers north and east of the city, including parts of Herefordshire as well as Wales, the Midlands and the North West.

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The Met Office said: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms are likely to break out this afternoon and move northwards, slowly dying out during the evening and first part of the night. Many places will miss these, but where they do occur, there is the chance of some localised impacts from heavy rain, as well as damage from lightning strikes. 10-20 mm of rain is possible in an hour or so, with some places potentially seeing 30 mm in a few hours."

Weather maps show heavy downpours blowing from the south west throughout the afternoon. Forecasters predict the worst of the weather will hit Gloucestershire from around 3pm.

It comes after a nine-hour long weather warning was in place in the South West overnight after the Met Office predicted more wet weather.

What should I expect?

  • There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water, leading to longer journey times by car and bus

  • Some flooding of a few homes and businesses possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures

  • Perhaps some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes

Met Office South West forecast


An unsettled start with low pressure dominating, bringing spells of rain and drizzle, followed by some heavy showers later. Feeling a little warmer but also humid. Maximum temperature 20 °C.


Largely dry overnight though staying somewhat cloudy. Easing winds though staying breezy around coasts. Mild with temperatures remaining in double digits Minimum temperature 13 °C.


A cloudy start but brightening up during the afternoon. A risk of showers through the day and turning breezy once again. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday

Largely dry though the occasional shower possible at times. Lighter winds and temperatures improving slightly so feeling pleasant in the sunshine.