PEOPLE across Somerset are being urged to brace themselves for flash flooding as thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across the South West this week.

The Met Office forecasts “heavy and slow-moving thundery downpours” during the weather warning which will be in place on Friday.

The warning comes as the county continues to bask in sweltering temperatures – enjoying temperatures of around 30 degrees Celcius.

Somerset County Gazette:

But rain is forecast for tomorrow (Thursday, July 12) and the weather warning for thunderstorms will be in place between 11am and 8pm on Friday.

The Met Office says on its website: “Many places will be dry, however, there is the potential for heavy and slow-moving thundery downpours in places.

“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, perhaps leading to some damage to buildings.

“There is a good chance driving conditions will at times be affected by spray and standing water, leading to some minor journey delays.

“Some short-term loss of power and other services due to lightning strikes is possible.”

Sunshine is forecast to return on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the region of 25 degrees Celsius.