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Forecasters warning about thunderstorms and flooding in Sussex
THE heatwave is expected to peak in Sussex today at a sweltering 32 degrees – before giving way to thunderstorms and even flooding.
Forecasters are warning the county could be deluged by 50mm of rain – two thirds of the July average – in just a few hours of violent thunderstorms tomorrow and Wednesday.
Sussex has been placed under a severe weather warning today for heat, and for heavy rain over the next two days.
Tens of thousands of sun-seekers flocked to the Sussex coast during the weekend as the mercury nudged 30 in Brighton on Sunday.
A spokesman for the Met Office said there was a risk of flooding.
He said: “You will get quite organised showers with one or two closely following each other.
“As it has been very hot recently, and very dry, the ground is very solid at the moment so any rain that falls, rather than soaking in, will run off.”
This summer has produced one of the driest Julys in centuries and although there is unlikely to be a river flooding yet, drivers are being urged to be careful due to surface water build-ups.
Despite the arrival of thunderstorms, temperatures are set to remain high for the rest of the week, reaching between low to mid- twenties.
The spokesman added: “It is not going to be great because the rain will make it feel even more humid but I think as you get further into the week it will start felling a little bit less hot and humid.”
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