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Flash flood warning issued for Cumbria

Heavy, thundery showers will turn locally torrential with the risk of hail on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

After the very warm and dry spell we have enjoyed of late there is now sufficient heat and moisture in the atmosphere to provide a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms on each day this week until Thursday.

Today this process has already begun over Cumbria with some showers already occurring. Through the rest of today we’ll see further showers and perhaps the odd thunderstorm developing over parts of county.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 7th June is currently favourite for more widespread showers and thunderstorms to develop than today A Met Office Alert for rain which covers much of Cumbria has been issued today for a very low likelihood of localised medium impacts.

This alert is currently valid from 14:00 to 21:00.hours on Tuesday 7th June. The showers across Cumbria tomorrow, like those of today, are likely to be initiated over the higher fells and/or the North Pennines but could subsequently drift over adjacent areas of the county.

With little in the way of wind any showers and storms could run for a while before eventually clearing. Should these slow moving showers or storms develop rainfall rates may be intense and could result in some localised surface water flooding and disruption to travel.

There is also an ongoing risk from lightning strikes, should these storms develop, particularly over high ground.

Any storms or showers should fade away steadily through the course of Tuesday evening, only for potentially a repeat performance to happen on Wednesday. Alerts if warranted, will be issued again tomorrow morning and communicated accordingly.

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