Heavy and thundery rain to hit Devon and Cornwall as weather turns autumnal
Heavy and thundery showers will signal the start today of a autumnal period of weather in the Westcountry.
Long and persistent downpours accompanied by cooler temperatures throughout the day will bring a miserable end to the best summer in the region since 2006.
Some parts of Devon and Cornwall - especially the coasts - are predicted to have more than an inch of rain (25mm) over the next 24 hours, while other places will largely escape.
Rain has already arrived in some areas of the Duchy, and it will spread across the region during the day.
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The Exeter-based Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning for the South West, telling people to "be aware" of heavy rain.
Forecaster George Goodfellow said: "Today it will feel noticeably cooler. We are expecting some sunny periods and also periods of heavy showers with the odd rumble of thunder."
The weekend is expected to remain unsettled, with the possibility of heavy showers in all parts of the region.
Mr Goodfellow added: "It will certainly feel more autumnal. And when there is a shower, you will notice it. But that might be a welcome to gardeners after all the dry weather."
The Met Office weather warning extends across the whole of the South West throughout today and tomorrow.