Met Office issues yellow weather warning for thunderstorms across Sussex

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A yellow weather warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms has been issued across Sussex today (Tuesday, May 21).

Sussex is among the locations across the UK included in the warning, which is set to be in place from 12pm until 11.59pm tonight.

A spokesperson for the weather service said: “Whilst some places may remain mostly dry, areas of heavy rain and some thunderstorms are expected to develop from around mid-morning.

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"The focus is likely to be slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms, perhaps with hail and lightning, which should gradually ease away later on Tuesday evening.

Yellow weather warning issued for Sussex. Photo: National WorldYellow weather warning issued for Sussex. Photo: National World
Yellow weather warning issued for Sussex. Photo: National World

"Across the warning area, 20-30mm in one hour or less is possible... with a few places perhaps receiving 40-50mm in 2-3 hours.”

The Met Office also warns that the poor weather could lead to disruption to public services and difficult driving conditions.

“Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures,” the spokesperson added.

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

"Give yourself the best chance of avoiding delays by checking road conditions if driving, or bus and train timetables, amending your travel plans if necessary.

“There is [also] a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.”

The weather service added that residents should ‘be prepared for weather warnings to change quickly’ and recommends staying up-to-date with the forecast in your area.

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