The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather warning as heavy rain is expected to hit the South East of England this weekend.

Over the last week, the country has enjoyed a heatwave which has reached highs of around 34°C, but this is expected turn into thunderstorms as soon as this evening.

According to the Met Office, at around 8pm tonight [Friday, July 23], rain will fall and will continue until Saturday evening until 10pm.

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They have also suggested that flooding could be an issue and that road closures could be a possibility.

The Met Office have said that the following is to be expected:

• Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

• Flooding of homes and businesses could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail

• Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services

• Power cuts might occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

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They continued: “Further slow-moving thunderstorms will develop by Saturday afternoon across southern counties of England, easing only slowly through the evening.

“Not all places affected but where they occur, a renewed threat of torrential rainfall and flooding, some locations seeing 30 to 50 mm within an hour or two.

“Lightning, large hail and locally gusty winds could pose additional hazards.”