Heavy rain could case flooding, Met Office warns

Posted On 12 Jul 2016 at 12:00 pm
viaduct rain

Picture of rain at the Viaduct near Preston Park by Steve Cook

The Met Office has issued another severe weather warning as thunderstorms are expected to hit this afternoon.

The yellow be aware warning starts at midday, and runs until 10pm tonight, with torrential downpours expected to hit some parts of the south east

The Met Office says: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop across southeastern parts of England this afternoon, lasting into the evening. Whilst some places will miss the heaviest showers, where torrential downpours occur large amounts of rain could fall in a relatively short space of time.

Please be aware of the potential for localised flooding and disruption to travel.

“Due to light winds, some of these showers are likely to be slow-moving leading to some localised prolonged, torrential thundery downpours which could give 20-25 mm of rain in a relatively short space of time and close to 40 mm in two or three hours.

“The heaviest showers are most likely during the mid to late afternoon and early evening, so are likely to coincide with the rush hour.

“As is often the case in sort of situation, some places will miss the showers whilst nearby locations experience heavy downpours and the exact location of where the heaviest showers occur is very uncertain.”

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