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Thunderstorm warning for Surrey amidst soaring temperatures

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Thunderstorm warning for Surrey amidst soaring temperatures

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 11:08am 31st July 2020.

After warnings of what could be the hottest day of the year so far, a thunderstorm alert goes up across parts of Surrey.

The yellow warning is in force from 4pm until midnight covering Guildford and Woking, as well as North and East Surrey.

The Met Office warning says many places are staying dry but others could get lightning, gusty winds and heavy downpours, with the chance of isolated thunderstorms causing travel disruption:

"Along with some very hot weather today, a few thunderstorms are likely to break out during the late afternoon and evening.

"Where thunderstorms do occur frequent lightning is expected, along with gusty winds.

"Unlike many days with thunderstorms over the UK, relatively little in the way of heavy rain is expected.

"However, a few places may be unlucky and catch a heavy downpour, perhaps even with some hail, and as much as 15-20 mm rain could fall in less than an hour, most likely in Eastern England".

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The alert goes up at 4pm today.

It could also result in some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes, short term loss of power and other services, delays to trains, and some flooding.

It comes at the tail end of a day which could see temperatures soaring to as much as 35 °C.

That will drop to 16°C overnight.

Tomorrow is mostly dry with sunny spells, although a few mainly light showers are possible. It will continue to be very warm, with light winds, and highs of 27°C.

Sunday is mainly dry with sunny spells.