The first of two yellow severe weather warnings is now in place with a risk of sudden flooding, hail and travel disruption.
And tonight, the Met Office said people need to be prepared for potentially extreme weather conditions.
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Forecasters warn some places are likely to see thunderstorms later Wednesday through Saturday with potential for travel disruption and flooding.
A thunderstorm warning is in place across much of England from 6:00 p.m. today (Wednesday June 16) through Thursday at 11:59 p.m. A second thunderstorm warning is in place from 9 a.m. on Friday to 9 a.m. on Saturday
Below is the Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms in place until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
What to expect
- There is a small chance that homes and businesses will flood quickly, with damage to some buildings from flood water, lightning, hail and strong winds.
- In the event of flooding or lightning, there is a risk of delay and cancellation of train and bus services
- Spray and flash flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- There is a small chance that some communities will be isolated by flooded roads.
- There is a slight chance that power outages will occur and other services to some homes and businesses may be lost.
The chief forecaster said: ‘Although there remains significant uncertainty as to the location and timing, areas of thunderstorms are expected to move north-east in parts of England and Wales from Wednesday late to Friday morning.
“While not all locations are affected, intense thunderstorms can occur during this time with torrential rains, hail, frequent lightning and strong wind gusts possible.
“Total precipitation of around 30mm could fall in an hour, with some places potentially receiving around 50mm in 2-3 hours, although these are quite isolated. “
The Environment Agency also said: ‘With thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast in parts of southern England later in the day, flooding of surface waters and rivers is possible. “