Heavy rain and thunderstorms heading for London

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Batten down the hatches and prepare to hide under your bed – storms are brewing.

Londoners need to get ready for heavy rain and thunderstorms, which are going to batter the capital tonight.

A yellow weather warning has been put in place for London and the south east, as forecasters warn of ‘frequent lightning’ and even ‘localised flooding of homes, businesses and susceptible roads’.

The Met Office tweeted a warning about the intense weather, which is heading for the city right now.

‘Thunderstorms are moving towards the London area,’ the Met Office wrote. ‘Intense rain, gusty winds, hail and frequent lightning all possible.’

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The storms will make quite a change from the intense heat we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of weeks.

According to the Met’s chief forecaster: ‘Southwest England looks like it will be first to see scattered thunderstorms, the threat then expanding northeastwards through the course of the evening.

There is relatively low confidence in the areas more at risk of intense downpours.

‘Some places will miss them altogether but where they do occur, there is the potential for locally 20 to 30 mm of rain within an hour.

‘This may result in surface water flooding, particularly should these amounts fall across urban areas.’

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