THE Met Office has issued Hereford and some of the wider county with a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms today (Friday).

While temperatures rose to at least 35C in Herefordshire on Monday, slow-moving and heavy thunderstorms are set to move in today.

The Met Office said that while some areas will remain dry, slow-moving and heavy thunderstorms are likely to develop from mid to late morning, likely peaking during the afternoon and early evening before decaying later.

The warning, in force from 10am until 10pm, covers Kington, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Ross-on-Wye, but doesn't include Bromyard or Leominster.


Where thunderstorms do occur, 20-25 mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, and 40-50 mm could fall in two or three hours.

Hail and frequent lightning are potential additional hazards, the warning said.

The Met Office also said spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures, and train and bus services could be delayed or cancelled.


There is also a slight chance of power cuts and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

The current forecast for Hereford suggests rain in the early morning, between 5am and 7am, and then a cloudy morning.

Rain will then return from midday, when thunderstorms are possible, before easing and returning again during the evening.