Thunderstorm warning for Nottinghamshire issued as downpours set to hit

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A thunderstorm warning has been issued for Nottinghamshire by the Met Office. The sudden prediction was announced just 80 minutes in advance, at 12.48pm, for between 2pm and 11.59pm today.

The warning covers much of the west of the country and its east border cuts through the city of Nottingham. That means those in places such as Radcliffe-on-Trent and Burton Joyce avoid being in the direct zone.

But the entirety of the centre of the city and the west is included, including most of Broxtowe, Ashfield and Mansfield. The Met Office says thundery downpours may lead to flooding in a few places.

There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray and standing water, leading to longer journey times. Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is also possible, as is some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes, the Met Office says.

Rain, which was heavy overnight in Nottingham but has mostly ceased today, July 9, is likely to return in the afternoon in the form of heavy showers. Thunderstorms are likely to break out and move northwards before slowly dying out during the evening and the first part of the night.

Many places will miss these, the Met Office says, but where they do occur, there is the chance of some localised impacts from heavy rain, as well as damage from lightning strikes. Around 10-20mm of rain is possible in around an hour, with some places potentially seeing 30mm in a few hours.

The bad weather is likely but should not have a great impact, according to the Met Office's impact matrix.