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UK weather: Met Office forecasts torrential rain in some areas

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The Met Office had issued four days of thunderstorm warnings starting on Wednesday, with heavy rain, hail and fierce winds forecast for much of the country. On Wednesday night much of the south of England was hit by downpours, with the wet weather continuing into today with three days of warnings still in place. Read on for the latest forecast, rain radar and warning information.

Key points:

  • Met Office thunderstorm warnings in place until Saturday
  • Flash flooding seen in Kent overnight
  • Met Office warns of potential travel disruption, flooding and power cuts
  • On Friday, up to 60mm of rain, around the average for the whole of June, is forecast to fall in a 12-hour stint

For the latest updates, follow our live blog below. All times in BST.

9.48pm update: 5 flood alerts in place

There are currently five flood alerts in place in England.

These caution ‘Flooding is possible, be prepared’ and are for

  • River Blythe in Warwickshire
  • River Cole
  • River Rea
  • River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire
  • Upper Tame

9.10am update: Met Office weather warning for thunderstorms in place today

Today’s warnings are in place until 6pm, with a reduction on the warning area compared to Wednesday.

The Met Office warns: “The remnants of overnight showers and thunderstorms will tend to fade away this morning.

“Then, during the afternoon, there is a chance that thunderstorms may develop again over parts of East Anglia and , perhaps, the far southeast of England.

“Whilst most places will miss thunderstorms today, where they do occur torrential rain, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds are possible. Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm could fall in an hour, with a few locations perhaps receiving around 50 mm in two or three hours.”

The affected areas are East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, South West England and West Midlands.

8.43am update: Flash flooding hits Kent overnight

Kent saw flash flooding on Wednesday night after thunderstorms rolled in.

Parts of the high street in the coastal market town of Hythe were covered in water at about 11.30pm.

ITV News reporter James Dunham shared images of the standing water.

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