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Met Office warns Brits could face ‘large hail’ fall tonight with thunderstorms

A national severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office who have warned that thunderstorms and "large hail" could batter the UK tonight.

However, the bad conditions in parts of southern and eastern England serve as a prelude to a shift in recent weather with fresher conditions in the coming week.

Even still, the warning came into force at 1pm (Sunday, September 17) and expire at 6am tomorrow morning (Monday, 18). This warning complements an existing warning for parts of South West England, which will expire at 6pm today.

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Across the warning areas, heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to bring some disruption, including the potential of some surface-water flooding which may extend to some properties, the agency said.

Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and potential road closures.

Steve Willington, Chief Forecaster with the Met Office, said: “Some within the warning area could see torrential rain, perhaps even reaching 40mm of rainfall within the hour.

"Later in the warning period there is a risk of large hail, frequent lightning and gusty winds.”

The Met Office’s David Oliver comments on the longer-term outlook. He said: “During the rest of today (Sunday) and tomorrow we will see a transition to fresher conditions, with the warmth and humidity of recent days being pushed eastwards away from the UK.

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"This will allow fresher and, at times, unsettled conditions driven by what is happening in the Atlantic.”

The new alert follows an earlier warning issued across parts of southwest England and south Wales, warning of a possible “risk to life”.

The wet weather follows a week where the UK experienced the seventh consecutive day of temperatures above 30C, making it the longest-running heatwave in the month of September.

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