Weather warning for Dorset with forecast of torrential rain, thunder and lightning
Heavy rain, thunder and hail are forecast for the weekend in Dorset.
The Met Office has warned of potential flooding and transportation disruption, with 100mm of rainfall expected in parts of the county.
It comes after the county suffered a heat wave, with temperatures hitting highs of 20 degrees, which are expected to continue until Friday evening.
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A yellow weather alert has been set up from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
Meteorologists warn of “heavy rain, thunder and lightning” that can disrupt travel and cause flooding in some places.
There is a possibility of “torrential rains” in places, with 20 to 30 mm of precipitation in an hour.
The Met Office told us what to expect:
- Houses and businesses may be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
- In the event of a flood, there is a risk of delay or cancellation of train and bus services
- Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
- Some communities could be isolated by flooded roads
- There is a risk of power outages and loss of other services in some homes and businesses
- A Met Office spokesperson said: “Outbreaks of rain and a few thunderstorms are expected to spread from the southwest on Friday evening.
“This introduces volatile conditions across much of England and Wales for Saturday and Sunday.
“Heavy thunderstorms are likely to break out during the day, particularly on Sunday when they could be widespread and locally torrential.
“Lightning and hail are also expected.
“Rainfall amounts will vary from place to place, but it is possible that up to 100mm will accumulate in some places over the weekend, much of which could fall in a short time.”