2nd July 2020

Weather warning for Somerset with thundery showers expected

A yellow weather warning of rain is in place today (Tuesday) across South West England including Somerset.

The warning states:

“Thundery showers are expected to push north across southern parts of the UK through Tuesday evening, perhaps turning more widespread towards midnight. Although many places won’t see these showers, there is a chance of localised flooding of homes, businesses and susceptible roads. Frequent lightning may be an additional hazard with potential disruption to power networks. Similarly, but very locally, hail may cause impacts.”

The weather warning, affecting Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay and Wiltshire, is valid from 17:00 to 23:55 today (Tuesday 18 July).

A further yellow weather warning of rain is in place for tomorrow (Wednesday), affecting Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire, from 00:05 to 22:00.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said:

“Although many places are likely to miss the worst of the rain, intense downpours associated with the thunderstorms may give over 30 mm in an hour very locally and perhaps 50 mm in 2 or 3 hours. As is usual in this type of situation there is considerable uncertainty in the areas that are most likely to be affected.”