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‘Risk to life’ remains amid Spanish plume storm threat

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A Spanish plume threatens to bring thunderstorms to the UK in an updated warning from the Met Office.

Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire remain gripped by weather warnings, which could poses a risk of lightning strikes, hail and travel disruption.

Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wales and parts of the Midlands have been removed for the weather warning in place today, but large swathes of the south of England remain firmly in the sights of the storm moving in from France.

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The Met Office said: “The warning has been updated to remove areas where thunderstorms are now longer expected.”

Today’s weather warning expires at 7pm today (Thursday, June 17) but the ‘danger to life’ alert remains in place from 9am tomorrow until 9am on Saturday.

The Met Office states in the 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 floodwater 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.

The short heatwave is set to come to an end with a bang as storms move up from Europe, just days after larges parts of England and Wales enjoyed the hottest day of the year so far.

But hot weather is likely to return next month.

Met Office five-day forecast

Today

A dry day for Cornwall with sunny spells. Further east, cloud and some showery outbreaks, potentially thundery at first, will gradually clear eastwards to leave drier, brighter, and sunnier weather in its wake. Maximum temperature 23 °C.

Tonight

A fine and mild evening with late sunshine. Staying mostly dry overnight, but some thick cloud and heavy, possibly thundery, showers clipping far eastern parts through the small hours. Minimum temperature 11 °C.

Friday

Starting fine for many, but cloud and showers, some heavy and potentially thundery, move across eastern parts by late morning. Staying largely dry with sunny spells for Cornwall. Breezy. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday

Sunny spells with the odd shower on Saturday. Turning unsettled for Sunday and Monday, with sunny spells, heavy showers and a risk of thunder.

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