London weather forecast: Met Office issues warning with heavy rain and thunderstorms set to batter capital

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A weather warning has been issued for London as forecasters said the capital is set to be battered by heavy downpours and thunderstorms.

A yellow warning of rain has been issued by the Met Office, alerting Londoners that severe weather could hit on Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday.

On Tuesday as much as 40mm of rain could fall in just three hours, with localised flooding of homes, businesses and roads possible and motorists warned to be cautious.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples told the Standard: “There is a weather warning in place for Tuesday and Wednesday with a slow moving front bringing showers from the south and east.

“What we see as we head through this evening and tonight is the front starts to move through.

“It should stay dry until tomorrow, when the front starts to move a lot closer, and by tomorrow afternoon showers start breaking out, quite a few in a small space of time.

“Up to 40mm of rain could fall in three hours in some areas, and showers could well be thundery.”

Rain is expected to fall until about 9pm, at which point a dry spell is expected overnight.

Ms Sharples added: “The weather will brighten in the morning but after that more prolonged periods of rain will arrive which could get quite heavy, and we could see some quite lengthy downpours.”

As much as 60 to 80mm will fall in places through the whole day, she said.

Ms Sharples said: “Thursday should bring much brighter prospects, with highs of around 20/21C.

“However things are changing again at the end of the week when another band of rain moves in on Friday evening into Saturday.”

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