Met Office warning UPDATED: Amber alert as up to 3ins of rain to hit in 3 hours

UK weather: Met Office warns of heavy thunderstorms

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Heavy rain is forecast to hit overnight prompting the Met Office to issue an amber weather warning for this evening. Flooding is likely as a barrage of rain is due to hit the south east of England in a matter of hours.

The amber warning reads: “Some very heavy rain will occur during Wednesday evening and night, with 20-30 mm of rain possible in an hour and locally 60 mm in 2-3 hours.

“This will lead to surface water flooding particularly if the heaviest rain occurs over larger towns and cities.”

The warning is in place from 9pm this evening to 2am on Thursday morning.

The warning states that homes and businesses could be flooded and driving conditions will become difficult, particularly at night time.

A second yellow warning encompassing the whole of the south, from Devon and Cornwall up to London and Kent has also been issued.

The yellow warning reads: “An area of heavy rain reaching southwest England late Wednesday afternoon spreads eastwards across southern England, reaching the far southeast of England by mid-evening.

“Rain will last for around six hours in any location, finally clearing southeast England during the early hours of Thursday.

“Rain may be accompanied by coastal gales and, in a few places, thunder. 15 to 25 mm of rain is widely expected with 30 to 50 mm possible in a few places.”

The yellow warning is in place from 4pm today until 3am on Thursday morning.

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