THUNDERSTORMS could cause disruption across Dorset this afternoon, the Met Office has warned.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the rest of the county.

The warning will be in force between 12pm and 6pm on Sunday, January 2.

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The Met Office has warned that the heavy and “intense” rain could bring as much as 15 to 20mm of rainfall in some parts in as little as an hour or less.

A spokesperson said: “A band of heavy showers and thunderstorms will move quickly eastwards today giving a period of intense rain and perhaps 15-20 mm of rain in a few places in an hour or less.

"These may be accompanied by lightning, hail and strong winds with a low risk that some places could see gusts of 50 mph.”

The warning covers a huge swathe of the south of the country.  

Bournemouth Echo:

In terms of what to expect the Met Office says:

  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to trees and buildings, such as fallen branches and tiles blown from roofs

It comes after what was the mildest end to 2021 and start of the year on record.