Weather update: severe weather warning remains in place for Oxfordshire

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A WEATHER warning for heavy rain remains in place for Oxfordshire today and tomorrow, with the possiblity of thunder storms on Saturday.

The Met Office yesterday issued a yellow weather warning, with the public warned about potential localised flooding.

The current forecast is a day of weather alternating between light showers and being overcast. Heavy rain is expected to hit Oxfordshire around 2pm today.

Tomorrow looks worse with rain all day, turning heavy mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

The main Met Office forecast is: Showers will become heavy and thundery across southwestern parts of both England and Wales early on Friday, moving northeast to affect much of Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and southern England during the day. Some reduction in activity is expected on Friday night, before further slow-moving heavy and thundery downpours develop during Saturday, easing from the north later.

The public should be aware that the resulting downpours may lead to localised flooding and potential disruption to transport and outdoor events.

Its chief forecaster's assessment is: A slack area of low pressure is expected to extend eastwards across southern UK on Friday and Saturday, bringing with it moist and deeply unstable air. Daytime heating will assist the development of heavy showers and thunderstorms. These are likely to become slow-moving and organised into bands giving some places 15-20 mm of rain in an hour or less and perhaps 40 mm in 2 or 3 hours. Hail and lightning will be additional hazards. As with the nature of showers, some places will escape the heavier ones.

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