Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms throughout the UK today, June 23.

Salisbury is included in the warning area, which has a very low likelihood and a medium impact.

Thunderstorms and torrential downpour are expected to break out during the afternoon and early evening causing travel disruption and flooding in places.

With the potential of 30-60mm of rainfall in two or three hours, rain will be accompanied by frequent lightning, gusty winds, and hail.

Met Office have provided a list of things to expect from the thunderstorms:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • 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
  • There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads

Drivers are warned to slow down and keep an eye out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians during the event of a thunderstorm.

During the thunderstorm you should:

  • Avoid using landlines unless it is an emergency
  • If outside, avoid water and find a low-lying open place in a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects
  • Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning
  • If you find yourself in an exposed location the Met Office advise to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them
  • If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately

For updates on the weather warning, visit the Met Office Website by clicking here.