A thunderstorm warning is in force for today. 

Over the last 24 hours a yellow weather warning has been in place, meaning be aware.

Although the warning mainly covers the South East, parts of Dorset have been forecast to see some thunder.

The warning is in place until around 9pm tonight. 

Earlier this week, a Met Office spokesman said: “Through Tuesday evening there is potential for thunderstorms to break out, initially across parts of southern England, before developing more widely overnight and then clearing through Wednesday morning.

“The thunderstorms may merge into areas of more prolonged and widespread rain for a time on Tuesday night and at first on Wednesday. Widely 15-30 mm of rain may fall, with up to 50 mm in a few locations.

“After a drier interlude, further thunderstorms may develop in a few places during Wednesday afternoon, mainly south-eastern parts of England.

“Whilst rain and flooding are likely to be the largest impact, hail, lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.”

The weather warnings are in place from 6pm today and will remain in place until 9pm tomorrow.

The Met Office has told residents what to expect:

  • 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
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost