THUNDERSTORMS could cause flooding and travel disruption across Hampshire today and tomorrow.

A yellow warning – meaning be aware – is currently in force for huge swathes of England, including Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire.

As much as 30mm of rainfall could be seen in some places, the Met Office said. 

The warning came into force at midnight and will be in place until 10am on Tuesday morning.

The Met Office says there is a “small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”

It said there is also a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly with potential damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

Power cuts could also occur.

The warning for the far South West has now been lifted, however, it remains in force for Hampshire. 

According to the current Met Office forecast, heavy rain is expected from 10pm tonight.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "An area of heavy thundery rain is expected to move northwards across England and Wales during Monday, probably clearing northern England through the course of the afternoon. Isolated heavy thunderstorms may then develop across parts of England and Wales during the afternoon.

“Further heavy thundery rain may then arrive into parts of southern and southeastern England and East Anglia during the evening. In areas affected by the thundery rain, 15 to 30 mm may fall widely and 30 to 40 mm of rain may fall over parts of northern England. In areas affected by isolated heavy thunderstorms, 30 to 40 mm of rain may fall in an hour in a few places.”

Temperatures are set to rise to 24C by the end of the week.