Brits will be drenched in torrential downpours and battered with strong gales as the Met Office updates its yellow weather warning for thunderstorms.

The intense weather, which will also include lightning and thunder, will lash Brits in the south east and London over the course of Thursday and Friday.

Initially, the weather agency warned the chaotic weather will fall down from 6pm last night until the early hours of Friday, but now they have brought it forward to 7pm tonight.

However, there is a small chance homes and businesses could be hit with flash floods and damage, the Met Office warns.

The heavy rainfall and lightning strikes could add delays and cancellations to public transports as well, with difficult driving conditions expected on the roads.

The warning includes: "There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads. There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost."

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Areas within the warning zone would have experience overnight showers and storms over Wednesday evening, which is expected to fade away this morning.

Although, there is a chance that thunderstorms will return in areas of East Anglia and the south east of England this afternoon.

The weather forecast continues: "Whilst most places will miss thunderstorms today, where they do occur torrential rain, frequent lightning, and strong gusty winds are possible.

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"Rainfall totals of 20 to 30 mm could fall in an hour, with a few locations perhaps receiving around 50 mm in two or three hours."

Brits have enjoyed glorious heatwave weather after a new record for the hottest day of the year was met on Monday.

It was believed Wednesday, before the turn in the weather, could break the record from the beginning of the week as temperatures soared but a high of 29.2C was recorded at Heathrow in London, which fell short by only 0.5C of the new record.

People basked in mid to high-20s across the UK and flocked to the coastlines to soak up the sunshine.

The hot weather was welcomed after a washout in May that saw more rainfall than usual for the time of year.

But the heatwave was met with a 'plume of thunderstorms' as it swept across the country from the English Channel with parts of Kent seeing flash floods last night.

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The weather agency warned a month's worth of rain could fall within hours throughout the storms, with hail and torrential rain expected in parts of the east and southeast.

It's expected that up to 30mm of rain could fall within an hour, with some areas seeing as much as 50mm over a period of two to three hours.

On Friday, a spell of "thundery rain" is forecast to push north across England and east Wales bringing with it up to 60mm of rain over a 12-hour period.

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