Bristol is now gripped by ‘danger to life’ weather warnings for four days, with the potential for floods, lightning strikes and hail.
The city has basked in searing temperatures in recent days but that balmy weather could come to an end by 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday, June 16).
The Met Office has extended its yellow thunderstorm warning into a fourth day, with extreme weather now forecast to cause disruption until 9am on Saturday (June 19).
The first yellow alert for thunderstorms will be in place from 6pm tomorrow until 11.59pm on Thursday (June 17), which poses a risk of travel disruption and flooding.
Large parts of the South West, the South East of England, Wales and Northern Englandwill be in the firing line for the next four days.
Friday’s weather warning, which kicks in at 9am, will now extend into Saturday morning (June 19) and while the area affected is not as vast in comparison to Wednesday and Thursday, much of England should expect disruption.
The Met Office states in its updated weather warning: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep flood water causing danger to life.
“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
“Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.
“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
Five-day forecast for the South West
A dry start with variable amounts of cloud through the morning. Lengthy sunny spells becoming more widespread during the afternoon and feeling very warm, especially towards the east. Maximum temperature 25 °C.
Remaining dry with sunny spells into the evening. Overnight, plenty of clear spells however turning cloudier in the far west and into the Bristol Channel with some drizzle at times. Minimum temperature 7 °C.
A generally dry start with sunny spells, however cloud and perhaps some drizzle lingering in the far west. Cloud increasing for all later, with the risk of heavy, thundery showers. Maximum temperature 26 °C.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday
Heavy showers clearing through Thursday morning with sunny spells developing later. More heavy, thundery rain looks to affect eastern areas on Friday, drier further west. Sunny spells on Saturday.