Weather warning for torrential rain across Portsmouth area

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Weathermen today issued a warning of torrential rain across the Portsmouth area on Thursday morning.

The Met Office alert is active from 6am on Thursday, 13 August, through until 11.50pm, and the rain ​is likely to be accompanied by thunder and lightning​, with potential torrential downpours.

Forecasters are warning the ​public​ to be aware of a significant risk of very localised disruption to travel due to surface water flooding.

An area of low pressure is expected to develop just to the northwest of Spain ​on by Wednesday, heading north across Biscay ​towards the UK. The forecasters say that 15 to 30 mm of rain is possible in in 6 to 12 hours, with as much as 50 mm possible very locally by the end of Thursday.

A further Met Office warning is in place for the whole of Friday, as the area of heavy rain is expected to push across the rest of England during the morning.

The rain is likely to be persistent, and accompanied by hail and thunder in the south and east.

Rain will ease from the west during the evening, probably confined to eastern areas by the end of Friday.

Localised thunderstorms may develop across the south and east of England during Friday afternoon, these potentially giving 15-25 mm of rain in a few hours.