Thunder and lightning in London this week? Storms forecast

The Met Office predicts heavy rainfall on Tuesday.

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Thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall are forecast for London on Tuesday.

The BBC’s weather service, provided by Meteogroup, suggests that thundery showers will fall throughout Tuesday afternoon (May 9), and return on Thursday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in the south of England on Tuesday.

BBC weather - May 9-12

The BBC forecasts thundery showers and a gentle breeze on Tuesday afternoon. It gives up to a 90% chance of rain and temperatures reaching 17°C.

The chance of rain on Wednesday is up to 50% with temperatures reaching 16°C.

For Thursday it forecasts a 70% chance of rain, with lightning in the late morning and early afternoon. By Friday it is predicting just light showers.

Met Office weather - May 9-12

The Met Office says: “Heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop through Tuesday, some becoming slow moving across more southern and eastern parts of England during the afternoon and evening. A few places could see 20mm of rain within an hour and possibly 30-40mm in two to three hours, along with lightning and hail.”

It says there is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus. Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.