Met Office predicts thunderstorms in Dorset next week


It may be the hottest and sunniest weekend of the year so far, but the Met Office is forecasting thunderstorms for Dorset next week.

Forecasters say some places in the yellow warning zone are likely to see thunderstorms from Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. to Friday morning at 6 a.m.

There is a risk of flooding and disruption of movement.

The warning reads: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses will be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from flooding, 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 will be lost.

The chief forecaster added: “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 places 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.”


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