Britain faces wet and stormy weather until Sunday after being battered by 36,000 lightning strikes


Britons have today been warned to brace for fresh thunderstorms and heavy rain as sudden downpours are expected to hit parts of the country after more than 36,000 lightning strikes beat the country last night.

Weather is set to be miserable all week with rain and showers continuing until Sunday and thunderstorms battering the country until at least Thursday.

The Met Office today issued a warning to expect thunder and downpours across large parts of Great Britain, with showers also expected to linger throughout the week as Britain’s dry summer draws to a close.

While the onset of rain would be welcomed by Britain’s farmers after one of the driest summers on record, temperatures are believed to have hit 25C (77F) in parts of East Anglia today

Despite this morning’s weather having a clearer start for much of the country, Brits have been warned to prepare for a mixture of showers and longer spells of rain throughout the day.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has also put in four flood alerts covering much of the east of the country in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen, Dundee and Angus, Findhorn Nairn Moray and Speyside and Tayside.

SEPA said that heavy rain and thundery showers on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday morning could cause flooding impacts from surface water and flooding from small rivers.

They said that urban areas and the transport network are at a particular risk and there may be difficult driving conditions.

Stormy weather: The Central Pier in Blackpool after a storm passed through late last night as more wet and stormy weather is forecast for today

Stormy weather: The Central Pier in Blackpool after a storm passed through late last night as more wet and stormy weather is forecast for today

Lighting strikes at the Tennyson Monument at Freshwater on Isle of Wight, a memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, which stands on the highest point of Tennyson Down, along a long chalk ridge and sheer cliffs

Lighting strikes at the Tennyson Monument at Freshwater on Isle of Wight, a memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, which stands on the highest point of Tennyson Down, along a long chalk ridge and sheer cliffs

Lightning flashes over Liverpool last night as more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the UK in just 12 hours

Lightning flashes over Liverpool last night as more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the UK in just 12 hours

The sky lit up purple shows dramatic lightning strikes over Mow Cop Castle in Staffordshire last night as the storm moved in over the 18th century folly

The sky lit up purple shows dramatic lightning strikes over Mow Cop Castle in Staffordshire last night as the storm moved in over the 18th century folly

Lightning over Lytham Windmill in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire last night as dark storm clouds can be seen moving in over the historic landmark, which was built in 1805

Lightning over Lytham Windmill in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire last night as dark storm clouds can be seen moving in over the historic landmark, which was built in 1805

Flash flooding overnight also caused a mudslide on the A358 near Combe Florey, Somerset on Tuesday morning

Flash flooding overnight also caused a mudslide on the A358 near Combe Florey, Somerset on Tuesday morning

If a flood alert is issued for your area, you should remain alert and vigilant and make early preparations for potential flooding, SEPA say. But if this is upgraded to a flood warning immediate action to protect yourself and property should be taken.

Ellie Wilson, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘It’s going to be a showery day as it has been today, especially in London, with a risk of thunderstorms particularly through the afternoon from midday onwards.

‘That’s continuing all the way until late afternoon, early evening. There’s a chance of hail too. In Scotland, a little bit of a drier start but cloudy tomorrow morning.

‘There’s a slow-moving front that’s going to move northwards through the late morning in the afternoon, which will bring some rain and drizzle over the hills. There’s also going to be some showers as well throughout the day in Scotland.

‘In London, temperatures-wise, it’s going to be 24C to 25C, still feeling quite muggy. In Scotland, highs will reach 18C to 20C.’

The UK was last night battered by downpours after more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the country and more than three inches of rain were predicted to hit in some areas.

Flooding, damage to buildings and the loss of electricity to businesses and homes could also be experienced today – while motorists were warned to be wary of standing water, hail and gusty winds.  

It comes as the Met Office’s yellow warning was in place across southwest England and Wales last night with extreme weather and heavy downpours spreading northwards and up towards Scotland throughout the evening and early morning. 

Storm clouds and lightning over the English Channel seen from the beach in Selsey, West Sussex, yesterday evening

Storm clouds and lightning over the English Channel seen from the beach in Selsey, West Sussex, yesterday evening

A streak of lightning lights up the night sky over the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire on Monday evening

A streak of lightning lights up the night sky over the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire on Monday evening

The Met Office today issued a warning to expect thundery and wet weather across large parts of the country, with showers also expected to linger throughout the week as Britain's dry summer draws to a close. Pictured: A bolt of lightning is seen from the shores of Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

The Met Office today issued a warning to expect thundery and wet weather across large parts of the country, with showers also expected to linger throughout the week as Britain’s dry summer draws to a close. Pictured: A bolt of lightning is seen from the shores of Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

While the onset of rain would be welcomed by Britain's farmers after one of the driest summers on record, by mid-afternoon today temperatures could hit 25C (77F) in parts of East Anglia

While the onset of rain would be welcomed by Britain’s farmers after one of the driest summers on record, by mid-afternoon today temperatures could hit 25C (77F) in parts of East Anglia

Two yellow thunderstorm warnings were in place over the UK for hours last night, and one was in place until 6am Tuesday

Two yellow thunderstorm warnings were in place over the UK for hours last night, and one was in place until 6am Tuesday

Lightning strikes over Canary Wharf business park buildings shortly before midnight on Monday, as thunderstorms are set to continue throughout Tuesday

Lightning strikes over Canary Wharf business park buildings shortly before midnight on Monday, as thunderstorms are set to continue throughout Tuesday

On Monday night, storms raged in large parts of the country – including south-east England, south-west England, most of Northern Ireland, Wales, the east of England, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

A Met Office spokesperson said last night: ‘Heavy downpours and thunderstorms may lead to tricky driving conditions during Monday evening across Wales, western England and Northern Ireland.

‘Heavy showers are continuing to push northeastwards, now moving into south Wales and Devon.

‘Some clear spells ahead of this, but low cloud will begin pushing into northeastern coasts of Scotland. With an area of low pressure slowly moving across the UK this week, the weather will remain unsettled.’

The Met Office has also forecasted challenging conditions throughout the remainder of the week.

The weather forecaster has predicted thunderstorms in the south-west in the early hours of tomorrow morning, before spreading to much of the rest of the UK later in the morning.

The thunderstorms ae forecast to cover much of the south coast, Wales, the west midlands, and the north, large swathes of Scotland, and Northern Ireland – with just the east and south east remaining largely thunder-free.

The south coast of England, the south of Wales and Norwich are forecast thunderstorms early on Thursday morning.

Thunderstorms will then spread to the midlands and south east in the later parts of the morning and to even larger areas of central England and reappearing in Scotland north of Edinburgh around midday.

These are forecast to then dissipate on Thursday afternoon and there are no thunderstorms currently predicted by the Met Office later this week.

Lightning was captured lighting up the skies over Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire on Sunday evening. More thunderstorms and torrential rain are forecast for today

Lightning was captured lighting up the skies over Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire on Sunday evening. More thunderstorms and torrential rain are forecast for today

The Met office has warned that more thunderstorms are on the way after 36,000 lightning strikes his the UK on Sunday

The Met office has warned that more thunderstorms are on the way after 36,000 lightning strikes his the UK on Sunday

Fire engines are pictured outside a home in Littlehampton, West Sussex after lightning struck at around 10.30pm on Monday

Fire engines are pictured outside a home in Littlehampton, West Sussex after lightning struck at around 10.30pm on Monday

Alex Deakin, meteorologist with the Met Office, said: ‘We often have one area of high pressure controlling our weather, we’ve certainly seen that a lot through the summer. But one area of low pressure controlling things for a number of days is fairly unusual.

‘By the time we get to Thursday, that low pressure is moving in across the UK. The isobars just perhaps starting to open up in places. 

‘It could be quite windy across the southwest on Wednesday night for sure, but otherwise, as this low moves in, what we could see is the showers become more slow moving so they last a little longer and they could drop more rain.’

On Wednesday, there will continue to be rainy and thundery weather over many places but central and northern England will have a much more mild start to the day. There will be a staying breeze in the southwest and northeast.

From Thursday, September 8 to Saturday, September 10, the weather is looking to be mostly showery and unsettled with some local heavy rain and thunder and drier weather in the West on Friday.

It will be windy at times around the coats with normal daytime temperatures and warm nights 

From Sunday onwards there is significant uncertainty in the forecast, as Mr Deakin explains: ‘At the moment Saturday looks like being a largely dry day across the UK. Still a few showers here and there but turning drier.

‘However, there’s another area of low pressure which is gaining quite a bit of attention. This one is bringing quite a bit of uncertainty into the forecast.

‘It’s Hurricane Danielle in the subtropics now, as it drifts northwards it will no longer be a hurricane. But when you’ve got these highly energetic systems, it does make the forecast more complicated. It brings with it more uncertainty.’



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