THUNDERSTORMS may hit North Yorkshire today, with a risk of localised flooding and power cuts, the Met Office has warned.

Forecasters have issued a 'yellow' advance warning for York and North Yorkshire, saying heavy showers and thunderstorms may break out from late morning through to late afternoon.

There was potential for torrential downpours, frequent lightning, very large hailstones and strong gusts of wind, say the Met Office.

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Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: "Once these showers clear away it's not looking too bad.

"It should be a fairly fine day, cloudier than of late but there will still be some sunshine."