Storm warning: The Met Office issues an alert for the BCP

THUNDERSTORMS could end the heatwave next week, the Met Office said, with heavy rain, hail and ‘frequent lightning’ possible.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms has been issued for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the rest of Dorset.

It will be in place between 6 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 15.

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Up to 20mm to 30mm of rain could be seen in an hour with potential for flooding in some areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “While some places will avoid them, thunderstorms are likely to develop more and more extensively as we move through Monday.

“Storms will likely already be underway for Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland by early Monday, before also developing in parts of England and Wales by late morning and across the afternoon. Storms are expected to begin to subside from the west later.

“Very locally, 20 to 30 mm of rain are possible in one hour, and up to around 50 mm in three to six hours. Frequent hail and lightning are also possible.

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What to expect

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses will soon be flooded, with damage to some buildings due to floodwater, lightning, hail or high winds.
  • In the event of flooding or lightning, there is a risk of delays and cancellations of train and bus services
  • Sea spray and flash flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight risk of power outages occurring and other services to some homes and businesses being lost

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An orange weather warning for “extreme heat” is currently in effect for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the wider Dorset region.

It will be in place until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

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