Apocalyptic weather to strike south east on Friday. Severe weather warnings in place

Hail, wind, rain, flooding, lightning, thunder and unbearable heat. Welcome to the weekend London.

Lightning July 2014 London

Midday on Friday could look like this

This greatest hits compilation of meteorological events is what is going to hit the south east tomorrow if forecasters are to be believed.

The horror will start on Friday morning with the somewhat clichéd “calm before the storm”, during which temperatures are expected to hit highs of 27 or 28 degrees Celsius, the warmest this year, before the heavens are rent asunder by storms which are forecast to strike at about midday.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the south east, and warned of “significant disruption” as the storms could prompt surface water flooding, while lightning and hail may also cause problems.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: “Friday will start very warm and humid in the South but end up with thundery rain.

“Maximum temperatures, particularly in the South East, could reach 25C or 26C. There might be somewhere reaching 27C or even 28C.”

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