The Met Office has warned that heavy showers and thunderstorms could batter London later this week, and could cause flooding in the south of the capital.
A yellow weather warning has been issued by the forecaster for Thursday, June 18, meaning the slow-moving and heavy showers could cause disruption.
There’s a small chance that homes and businesses could flood, and of fast-flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.
Difficult driving conditions and some roads closures are to be expected, and there is a slight chance of power cuts.
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This particular weather warning is in place across south London, especially Orpington and Croydon, as well as Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and the surrounding area for Thursday as the storms move down from the North-East.
But a wider warning over the risk of thunderstorms is in place across large parts of the UK on Wednesday, and where heavy and slow-moving downpours could lead to flooding and disruption in places.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said, “Although some places will miss these heavy showers and thunderstorms, where they do occur they’ll be quite lively bringing torrential downpours with 25 to 35mm rain falling in an hour and a few places seeing perhaps 40 to 50mm rain in a couple of hours.
“With this heavy rain falling in a short time we could see some disruption to transport or damage to properties due to localised flooding, as well as the chance of lightning and hail.”
Looking ahead to the weekend, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Martin Young said, “As winds swing to the southwest over the weekend it’ll turn fresher and breezier and east coastal areas should lose the low cloud and mist, feeling warmer here as a result.
“On Saturday we’ll see a spell of rain moving across the UK from the west, but most can expect a drier day on Sunday.”
Martin added that once the spell of rain and stormy weather had moved on, there are signs of spell of warm and sunny weather returning, with temperatures reaching mid-20s Celsius.