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Yellow weather warning of thunderstorms issued after scorching summer

A yellow warning for thunderstorms has been issued for south east England tomorrow, with the potential for disruption.

The alert issued from midnight to 3pm tomorrow covers south and eastern England.

It says driving conditions could be affected by spray, standing water and even hail and there may be delays to train services, power cuts, flooding and lightning strikes.

But while the forecast rain and downpours last week make it unlikely this summer – June, July and August – will see record dryness, forecasters warn there needs to be a period of above average rainfall to ease the drought.

A hosepipe ban came into place in London today for the first time in a decade due to a lack of rainfall over the summer months and heatwaves pushing up demand for water.

The ongoing dry weather has seen drought declared across swathes of England, with parched grass and struggling crops, streams drying up and river, reservoir and aquifer levels low.

⚠️ Yellow weather warning issued ⚠️

Thunderstorms across southeast England
Thursday 0000– 1500

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Heavy rain is expected for some areas of the UK on Thursday and Friday, with parts of the South East potentially seeing 5-15mm of rain fall over three hours.

But the bank holiday is expected to be largely dry with warm sunny spells, though possibly wetter in the North West.

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