Thunderstorm weather warning extended as heavy rain forecast for eastern counties this evening

A Met Office yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been extended to cover the East Midlands and East Anglia.

The extended Met Office weather warning for Wednesday July 20

Previously the Met Office was only forecasting heavy thunderstorms for parts of Scotland and northern England.

However forecasters are now predicting isolated heavy thunderstorms across parts of England, including some central, eastern and southeastern areas, this afternoon and this evening, Wednesday July 20.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Whilst most places will miss the worst, please be aware of the risk of localised flash flooding. Frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be additional hazards. All of this could lead to some flooding of homes, businesses and transport networks. Disruption to power is also possible.

“This update excludes areas further west where the thunderstorm risk has now diminished, but increases the extent of the warning area across eastern and southeastern England.”