BBC Weather: Stormy conditions and heavy showers across Europe
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Met Office weather forecasters have issued a series of weather warnings for the UK this week. Summery highs of 32C have left most parts of the country and been replaced by torrential rain and powerful winds. The incoming yellow and amber warnings have pinpointed which areas could see extensive lightning in the coming days.
Where could lightning strike this week?
The Met Office has levelled three days of weather warnings for parts of the UK.
Parts of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland all risk some form of extreme weather.
But, so far, lightning is confined to the southeast and parts of the Midlands.
At present, trackers have pinpointed the most lightning clustered around the east coast.
Norwich and coastal areas near The Broads have seen a system moving into the English Channel strike more than 20 times over the last hour.
Most have touched down in the channel itself, but other strikes have landed further inland near Newmarket and Attleborough.
Other clusters have landed in Manchester, Nottingham and skirted parts of Birmingham.
Over the next few days, thunderstorms will touch down in three warning areas, although the Met Office has not confirmed they will all command lightning.
The first, which is in place over part of Scotland, lasts until 11pm today.
There, thunderstorms could pour out hourly rainfall totals between 20 and 80mm (0.7 to 3.1 inches) towards the end of the day.
The amber warning covers:
Highlands & Eilean Siar
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A second, broader warning for thundery showers is in effect until 2am tomorrow.
Rainfall totals could reach 20 to 30mm widely, but 40 to 60mm (1.5 to 2.3 inches) in concentrated areas.
Flooding, power cuts and transport delays could hit the following areas:
Central, Tayside & Fife
- Perth and Kinross
Highlands & Eilean Siar
- Argyll and Bute
The third thunderstorm warning lasts until 6am tomorrow, with impacts across the Midlands.
Areas around the warning area could see rainfall totals reach 40 to 60mm within six hours.
The following areas, which include locations on the coast, are at risk of flooding and transport disruption:
North West England
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Cheshire East
- Greater Manchester
Yorkshire & Humber
- North Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
The Met Office has released a final warning around London, southeast and southwest England for wind from Thursday to Friday.
While forecasters don’t expect thunderstorms or lightning during this time, they have stated winds could hit gale-force levels.
Maximum wind speeds could reach 55 to 65mph along the Isles of Scilly and parts of Cornwall, tracking across the southwest coast.
Heavy rain could accompany them, hitting between 20 and 30mm, with maximums of 40 to 50mm.
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