Met Office issues thunderstorm warning for Devon with travel disruption likely

Thunderstorms are set to hit the West Country
Thunderstorms are set to hit the West Country -Credit:Reach

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms across Devon and the South West. The warning is in place until 8pm tonight (Thursday, May 16).

The Exeter-based forecaster is warning of travel disruption and possible flooding across the region. There is also the possibility of short term power loss in some areas.

As well as Devon, the yellow warning covers Cornwall, Somerset and Bristol, as well as parts of Dorset and Wiltshire. The Met Office said: "Scattered thunderstorms are likely to develop across the area, bringing some localised disruption."

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Forecasters have outlined what to expect during the warning:

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

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

  • Delays to train services are possible

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

  • Some short term loss of power and other services is likely

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning
The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning

Met Office 5-day forecast for the South West

Today: Morning fog patches will soon clear to leave bright day with plenty of sunny spells. However, scattered showers will form by the afternoon, some heavy with hail and thunder, especially in the east. A warm and humid day. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Tonight: Showers fading through the evening. Dry overnight with clear spells. Some fog patches forming as winds will be light. Chilly in the countryside. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Friday: Any overnight fog and low cloud should clear to leave another day of sunny spells and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, perhaps with hail and thunder. Warm. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Overnight cloud will give way to sunny spells each day. Staying mostly dry, but the risk of a few showers in places. Feeling warm in the sunshine.