Storm warning as Nottingham could be hit by thunder and lightning tonight
Nearly all of Nottinghamshire has been put on yellow alert over thunderstorms which could hit later today.
The Met Office has included all but the far western fringes of the county in a warning zone in force from 9am today.
This warning over potentially dangerous storms lasts until 10pm tonight, with a chance of torrential rain causing problems across a swathe of the northern and western areas of the UK.
The Met Office says there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
Flash flooding could be a danger, and there could be delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, as well as treacherous driving conditions.
The Met Office added: "There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other se rvices to some homes and businesses could be lost."
But the probability of weather warnings also need to be factored in - today's alert has a 'low' likelihood of taking place, but if it does the impact will be 'high'.
Predicting storms isn't an exact science as the precise locations of storms are notoriously hard to pinpoint say the Met Office.
Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the forecasting service, said: "Thundery outbreaks are very difficult to forecast with any degree of certainty."
Here's the hourly forecast for the alert for Nottingham today, according to the Met Office.
9am: Overcast, 15C
10am: Overcast, 16C
11am: Overcast, 17C
12 noon: Cloudy, 18C
1pm: Cloudy, 19C
2pm: Sunny intervals, 20C
3pm: Cloudy, 21C
4pm: Sunny intervals, 22C
5pm: Sunny intervals, 22C
6pm: Light shower (30% chance), 22C
8pm: Light shower (30% chance), 21C
9pm: Light shower (30% chance), 20C
10pm: Cloudy, 20CSource: Google News