Thunderstorms expected as weather warning issued

Thunderstorms are expected until 7pm today <i>(Image: NQ)</i>
Thunderstorms are expected until 7pm today (Image: NQ)

Thunderstorms are to be expected today after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning.

The warning has also been issued for the whole of Dorset and while the Met Office says many places will remain dry, with scattered showers expected to develop throughout Wednesday.

It says that where these do develop, they are likely to be heavy at times, with a risk of hail and thunder.

Some locations within the warning area may see 10-20mm within an hour and perhaps 30-40mm in 2-3 hours.

The warning is in place until 7pm this evening.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Neil Armstrong, said: “A band of prolonged and heavy rain will move north and west across the UK during Wednesday and Thursday.

“Areas exposed to the strengthening northerly winds are most likely to see the highest rainfall amounts.

“Many places could see 30-40 mm of rain, while a few areas may receive 60-80 mm.

"Areas over higher ground in the Amber warning areas could see the equivalent of more than one months’ worth of rain before the low pressure moves on, later on Thursday.”