Flood warning as thunderstorms set to hit Essex

Lightning above Town Street, Thaxted.

Lightning above Town Street, Thaxted. - Credit: Archant

Thunderstorms have been forecast and a warning of floods has been issued across Uttlesford tomorrow (Saturday).

Met Office forecasters say heavy thunderstorms could break out on Saturday afternoon and last into the evening.

The chief forecaster said: “While most will miss these, the public should be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding, strong gusts, lightning and hail.

“Hot, unstable air coming up from France will coincide with daytime heating to bring the likelihood of temperatures into the low 30 degrees Celsius on Saturday. This may trigger torrential thunderstorms, bringing the risk of more than 30mm in less than an hour.”