Lightning has hit parts of the UK this weekend with the Met Office implementing a severe weather warning for thunderstorms earlier today. The weather forecaster warned of some heavy showers and storms which could disrupt travel and power in several places. Express.co.uk has compiled a series of maps to show you where the lightning is striking right now.
On Saturday, the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for thunderstorms across the UK.
The weather warning advised of torrential downpours and thunder which could disrupt power and travel in some areas.
The warning reads: “Some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes is possible.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.
“Some short term loss of power and other services is likely.
“There is a small chance of some flooding of a few homes and businesses.”
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The weather forecaster advised of some scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms which are likely to develop on Saturday, initially over parts of north Wales and the southern part of northwest England around midday, and then later in the afternoon across Cumbria and the north Pennines.
Most of these will not last long but could produce 20mm (0.8 inches) of rain in less than an hour, leading to some localised flooding.
Lightning strikes and hail will be additional hazards in places.
The showers and thunderstorms will slowly die out from the south later this afternoon and through the early evening.
The predominantly affected regions will be:
- East Midlands
- North East England
- North West England
- Yorkshire and Humber.
The warning was in effect from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday, June 13.
However, several lightning trackers are still reporting lightning storms across the UK.
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Throughout Saturday evening and overnight, showers are due to mostly die out.
But some showery rain, locally heavy with thunder is due to move north across parts of England and Wales.
There will be low cloud and fog near northeastern coasts which will spread inland.
On Sunday, low cloud and fog in the northeast will become confined to coasts, with many parts then seeing warm sunshine.
Showers will develop later, mostly in the west where some will be heavy and thundery.
Next week the weather is forecast to improve with warm and sunny spells at the beginning of the week.
These sunny spells with be punctuated by light winds and scattered showers that will occasionally be very heavy.
There is also likely to be thunderstorms developing each day.
Generally, it will be much cloudier and colder in the northeast throughout.
Towards the end of the week, the weather will be rather changeable as the showery setup continues across much of the UK.
Many areas are likely to see a mixture of bright or sunny spells and showers, some of which may turn heavy in places.
Parts of the west and northwest may see cloudier and breezier conditions at times along with some outbreaks of rain.
Across the south, in particular, there is the risk of some spells of rain becoming heavy and possibly thundery.
Throughout this period, most places will see temperatures near or a little above average but coastal areas in the east may be the main exception with spells of persistent cloud potentially bringing cooler conditions at first.
According to lightningmaps.org and Blitzortung.org lighting is striking in the following locations:
- West of Leeds/Bradford
- Hebden Bridge
- South Elmsall
- Stourport on Severn
- High Wycombe
- South London
- South Ockendon.
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