A yellow weather warning has been issued for thunderstorms across Essex today.

The Met Office has the warning in place from 10am today until 7pm.

People across Essex are being warned of heavy showers and thunderstorms which may cause some disruption.

The Met Office warning said: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.

"Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

"Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

"There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost."

Bonnie Diamond, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "There's the possibility of up to 40-60mm of rain in just a couple of hours in some places.

"That's some pretty heavy downpours."

Ms Diamond added: "This week there's going to be a fresher feel, winds from the north bringing cooler temperatures than we've seen in a while.

"It's going to be an unsettled week with periods of low pressure bringing rain and wind at times, especially on Wednesday and Friday.

"We're looking at top temperatures in the high teens."