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Weather warning issued as thunderstorms set to bring 'intense downpours' to North East

Thunderstorms are set to bring "intense downpours" to large parts of Britain, forecasters have warned

Weather warnings have been issued pointing out there is a chance that homes and businesses could be flooded.

Weather forecasters say torrential rain is possible as much of the country is hit by intense thunderstorms.

Weather forecasters say torrential rain is possible as much of the country is hit by intense thunderstorms.

The Met Office alert is in place until 10pm tonight, and a second warning is in place from 11am until 10pm tomorrow.

Much of the country is covered by tonight's warning, and the North East by the one for tomorrow.

Torrential rain is possible and as much as 20 to 30mm of rain could fall in an hour, or 40mm in two to three hours.

Lightning, hail and gusty winds may also result in some disruption.

Luke Miall, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We've got some unsettled weather continuing for the next few days.

"Quite a contrast really to what much of this summer has seen across the UK."

Mr Miall added: "This is a thunderstorm warning, so we are likely to see some pretty intense downpours developing as the skies brighten up really this afternoon.

"With that we'll see some heavy rain which could give the risk of some flash flooding, as well as the risk of spray on the roads, and some tricky driving conditions, considering a lot of people may well be out and about given it's the weekend in the height of the school holidays as well."