New Met Office Surrey weather warning for thundery showers and flash flood risk

-Credit: (Image: Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News)
-Credit: (Image: Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News)

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the Home Counties and parts of the midlands, cautioning the public to brace for potential disruptions from heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail.

Forecasters warn that a band of intense showers and thunderstorms is likely to sweep across the regions including Surrey from late morning into the afternoon hours. The warning is in place between 10:00am today (26 May) and 7pm today.

Some areas could see torrential downpours of 15-25mm of rain in just 1-2 hours, with an elevated risk of 30-40mm in isolated locations.

The Met Office has warned that drivers should be alert for spray, standing water on roads and reduced visibility that could lead to treacherous driving conditions and delays.

Rail passengers are also advised to check for potential delays to train services due to the unsettled weather conditions.

While heavy downpours are likely to be intense, they should also be relatively brief, the Met Office notes. However, the public is encouraged to closely monitor weather updates, as warnings could change quickly throughout the day.

The weather warning covers swathes of the South East and the midlands -Credit:Met Office
The weather warning covers swathes of the South East and the midlands -Credit:Met Office

Forecast for the South East


Cloudy at first with outbreaks of heavy rain in places. Warm sunny spells and scattered heavy showers following, with some thundery downpours and a risk of hail by the afternoon. Fewer showers across Sussex and Kent. Rather breezy this afternoon. Maximum temperature 22 °C. Tonight, th undery showers easing this evening and lengthy clear spells developing overnight. Perhaps the odd shower fringing southern coastal parts by morning. Rather mild with winds falling light in many areas. Minimum temperature 8 °C.


Dry, bright to start, but scattered showers developing once again, becoming locally heavy in places, especially during the afternoon. Cooler, but pleasantly warm in sunshine between showers. Generally light winds. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Mostly fine early Tuesday, but cloud and rain arriving during the day. Sunny intervals and scattered, potentially thundery showers Wednesday and Thursday. Breezy at times, especially Thursday. Temperatures near normal.

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