Weather warning issued for thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are to be expected for parts of Dorset tomorrow evening <i>(Image: Newsquest/Met Offcie)</i>
Thunderstorms are to be expected for parts of Dorset tomorrow evening (Image: Newsquest/Met Offcie)

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across parts of Dorset for tomorrow.

Thunderstorms are likely to develop in areas including Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis on from 12pm until 9pm on Tuesday, May 21, which could lead to some travel disruption and surface water flooding.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop during the afternoon across parts of southwest England before slowly dying out during the evening.

“Many places will miss the worst, but where they do develop, some slow-moving and intense downpours are possible, giving accumulations of 20-30 mm in around 1 hour and a lower likelihood of 40-50 mm in 2-3 hours in a few locations.

“Frequent lightning strikes and hail are also possible."

The Met Office says that people can expect spray and sudden flooding, leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

It also states that where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

There is also a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

The Met Office also has five tips for residents to follow during a thunderstorm.

These include checking and protecting homes that are at risk of flooding, making sure it is safe to drive before heading out on the roads, being prepared for power cuts by having plenty of candles, matches, torches and batteries available and checking for loose items outside such as garden furniture, plant pots and bins, securing them ahead of high winds.