Weather warning for Harlow

News / Fri 2nd Jun 2017 at 03:24pm


TODAY is set to be another fine day for the East of England, with warm sunshine helping to lift temperatures towards the mid-20s Celsius. The increase in warmth continues across our region tomorrow, when temperature values could peak in the mid to high 20s Celsius range.

Friday’s higher temperature, combined with a southerly air flow from off the Continent and an approaching weather from off the Atlantic – all mean that there is a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms developing tomorrow.

To highlight the risk of impacts from any thunderstorms and the high rainfall totals, a Met Office Yellow Warning of Rain has been issued – which currently brings a Very Low likelihood of Medium Impacts for many parts of the East of England – with this Warning valid from 1300 until 2300 on Friday,

So then, during Friday afternoon and evening, we could see some locally torrential rain and thunderstorms that could give as much as 25 to 30mm of rain in an hour in places. Of course, as is often the case with thundery showers, the exact distribution and timings of any showers can vary greatly from one location to another.

Potential impacts include surface water flooding – as well as the possibility of the flooding of homes and businesses and disruption to travel networks. Strong gusty winds, lightning strikes and large hail are additional hazards to consider within any heavier showers and thunderstorms.

Although the Warnings area covers most of our region, the focus of some of the heaviest downpours may well be over parts of Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk. Conversely, some western parts of both Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire – and perhaps Hertfordshire, may escape the worst of any thundery showers.

Please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast and Warning details – as well as rainfall radar images on Hazard Manager, the Met Office app and website, which allow you to monitor where the heaviest rain is occurring – and therefore where any of the impacts described above are most likely.

Looking to the weekend and into next week, it is a mix of spells of warm sunshine and but also showers – and some of these could be heavy at times.

Any questions or queries, then please let me know. If you require an immediate 24/7 response for urgent weather-related enquiries please ring the duty forecaster on 01392 886095.

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