Met Office lightning warning: Amber thunderstorm update for London and England TONIGHT

Met Office warns ‘unusually hot’ weather to hit UK

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The Met Office has warned London and the East of England to prepare for heavy thunderstorms on Tuesday night. The amber warning is expected to last until 7pm, starting from 3.45pm.

South-East London was included in the amber thunderstorm warning, stretching all the way down to the Kent coast at Sandwich.

Medway, Maidstone and Ashford were all part of the warning, while a separate amber warning was issued in East Anglia.

Cambridge, Braintree, Saffron Waldon were all included in both Cambridgeshire and Essex, respectively.

The Met Office said: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to persist for two to three hours with torrential rain, large (possibly damaging) hail, frequent lightning and gusty winds. A few places may see 40 to 60 mm of rain in 1 to 2 hours.”

Amber thunderstorm warnings are relatively rare, and usually include heavy showers and strong winds.

Anybody in the area should expect sudden flooding, which can make driving difficult with multiple road closures.

Some homes and businesses may be flooded – and it may happen over a very short period of time.

Lightning strikes and hailstones could also damage buildings or infrastructure, the Met Office warned.

Power cuts are also likely to occur in affected areas, while there might be delays to trains and other public transport.

The Met Office added: “One of the most notable aspects of thunderstorms can be the localised nature of the impacts they could bring.

“This, in particular, can be the case with rainfall amounts, with big differences in amounts that fall from one place to another and over a very short distance.

“This can make driving conditions very hazardous. Other hazards include hail, decreased visibility, sudden gusty winds, standing water and of course lightning.”

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