A weather warning for “intense thunderstorms” has been extended until Saturday, with the heatwave set to end.

The Met Office extended its yellow weather warning for storms further into the weekend.

Covering much of England, including Essex, it is now expected to last from around 6pm on Wednesday until 9am on Saturday.

Here’s what to expect from the Met Office:

• There is a small chance that homes and businesses will flood quickly, with damage to some buildings from flooding, lightning, hail or high winds.

• There is a small chance that fast flowing or deep flood water is life threatening.

• In the event of flooding or lightning, there is a risk of delay and cancellation of train and bus services

• Spray and flash flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

• There is a small chance that some communities will be isolated by flooded roads.

• There is a slight chance that power outages will occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

Temperatures soared to highs of 20 in parts of Essex over the weekend, with the start of the week also bright and sunny.

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But the Met Office predicts warm temperatures will end Wednesday night with thunderstorms continuing through early this weekend.

A spokesperson said: ‘Another stormy wave of rain is expected to push north across England and east Wales through Friday morning, persisting for much of the day, before settling clear early Saturday.

“There is some uncertainty in storm coverage, especially in the western expanse, but where they do develop torrential rains, heavy thunderstorms, hail and frequent lightning are all possible.

“Total precipitation of 20 to 40 mm, maybe 60 mm in a few areas, is possible in 12 hours.

“With the most intense storms, 30 to 40 mm could fall in an hour or two.

“Storms are expected to dissipate in the North Sea on Saturday morning.”

For more information or updates, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/uk-warnings.

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