Met Office thunderstorm weather warning for Bristol - when will storm arrive?

The Met Office has told people that disruption to the power supply was possible because of lightning strikes.

<p>The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol.</p>

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol.

The Met Office has issued a yellow status thunderstorm warning that applies to Bristol.

The warning was issued on Thursday morning.

Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect and what measures you can take to protect yourself and property before the storm arrives.

What are the details of the weather warning?

It applies to Bristol, other parts of south-west England, the Midlands and parts of the north-west too.

The warning is active between 12.00pm and 10.00pm on Thursday.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol.

What has the Met Office said about the thunderstorm?

The Met Office said: “Heavy showers will develop through the morning with isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening.

“These will bring the potential for lightning, hail and heavy rain, with a few places seeing 10-20 mm of rain within an hour and a small chance of 40 mm in 2-3 hours.

“Showers are likely to weaken over parts of Wales and the southwest of England during Thursday evening but will persist longer in parts of central England and the Midlands.”

What should I expect?

  • Driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.
  • Delays to train services.
  • Some short term loss of power and other services.
  • Some flooding of a few homes and businesses, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.
  • Some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.

South West England weather forecast

Thursday 30 Jun - Monday 4 Jul


Changeable with sunshine and heavy showers.


A changeable day with a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers, with a risk of thunderstorms and hail. Turning drier and clearer in the evening. Maximum temperature 19 °C.


Showers gradually petering out during the evening, with some decent clear spells developing before midnight. Continued risk of an isolated shower here and there. Minimum temperature 9 °C.


A dry start for many with sunny spells Friday, however, showers developing from mid morning. A band of more organised cloud and showery rain arriving in the far west overnight. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Remaining unsettled through the weekend with sunshine and showers. Pleasant in any sunshine but cool in and around showers. Showers becoming lighter and less frequent Monday.

UK long range weather forecast

Monday 4 Jul - Wednesday 13 Jul

Monday is likely to be rather cloudy with scattered showers for many, but most frequently in the north and west.

Driest in the south with some sunny spells possible.

Into the middle of next week more settled conditions are likely, with a good deal of dry weather, especially in the southwest.

The risk of showers remains in the north, with the slight chance of some more persistent spells of rain for the far north.

This generally settled regime persists for much of the remainder of the period, although occasional spells of more organised cloud and rain may continue to affect northern parts at times.

Temperatures most likely near normal at first, but becoming rather warm through the period.