Published:
June 12, 2015
Severe weather warning issued for Burnham-On-Sea area

Severe thunderstorms and potential flooding has been forecast for the Burnham-On-Sea area today (Friday) and Saturday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the region, which started at 1am today (Friday) and will be in place until 9am on Saturday.

Adverse weather could cause "significant disruption" with surface water, lightning and hail expected to impact travel.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Isolated severe thunderstorms seem likely to develop on Friday, these succeeded by a band of more widespread heavy rain and occasional thunderstorms, moving gradually north later in the day, affecting much of the highlighted region into the early hours of Saturday morning."

"The public should be aware that there is a chance of some very localised significant disruption, mainly from surface water flooding. Lightning and hail could also cause some impacts."

"An area of warm, very humid air is expected to move northwards across France into southern Britain later on Thursday and into Friday."

"Whilst isolated thunderstorms are possible from Thursday, these become more likely and potentially more severe by Friday afternoon, with the potential for 20 to 30 mm falling within an hour or so, probably on a very localised basis."

"Indications are that a more organised band of heavy rain and thunderstorms will follow by Friday evening and overnight into Saturday, bringing 25 to 50 mm of rain more widely, again with the potential for some very high short-period totals."


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