Lightning over the Isle of Wight on Monday night. Picture courtesy of Stuart Stevens.
HEAVY rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit the Isle of Wight on Thursday, according to the Met Office.
Forecasters have issued a yellow 'be aware' weather warning for Thursday, when they said they expected scattered heavy showers, with the risk of some slow-moving thundery downpours, only slowly dying out in the evening.
The warning covers the whole of southern England, but there was uncertainty about how much rain could be expected.
The chief forecaster said: "An active complex frontal zone is expected to move northwards into southeast England on Wednesday evening continuing across the southern half of England and Wales on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
"This brings the threat of some heavy rain for a time with embedded convection within the frontal band. To the rear of the frontal zone scattered thundery showers are likely to develop bringing some further localised downpours during Thursday afternoon.
"Considerable local variations in rainfall are likely. However, totals of more than 40 mm are likely in places through the day with a risk of 15 mm falling in less than an hour locally."