The threat of 'severe thunder' still looms over Dorset today - and temperatures will be even hotter than yesterday.

On Monday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for 'severe thunder' across the entire UK, and this remains in place today as the heatwave continues.

Here in the south west we're in for another very hot day with "long periods of sunshine" - temperatures could rise up to 33 degrees Celsius, and forecasters say it will mainly be dry, with the odd heavy - perhaps thundery - shower.

Tonight is expected to be warm dry and warm for many with late sunshine and clear spells.

However, there is a chance of some heavy and thundery showers developing in places throughout the night. The minimum temperature will be 17 °C, the Met Office says.

The weather warning will remain in place until Thursday - and tomorrow (Wednesday) could see weather worsening, with "heavy and perhaps thundery showers through the morning... perhaps easing for some in the afternoon as sunny spells develop," a Met Office spokesman said.

Further showers are expected in the evening and it is forecast to be another "very hot day" with temperatures up to 32 °C.

Thursday’s warning says there will be sunny spells but also heavy, thundery showers possible.

Why is there a yellow weather warning?

The Met Office has told residents what to expect:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes and large hail.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to public transport.
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and increased chance of accidents.
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life