Lightning strike radar: Where is lightning hitting right NOW? Live maps
Hot, humid weather has continued all week, with temperatures above 35C for the past three days. More heatwave conditions are forecast and now the Met Office has issued yellow and amber thunderstorm warnings. The mounting heat has paved the way for perfect storm conditions, with parts Scotland seeing a staggering seven hours of lightning on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Weather warnings for thunderstorms are in place across six days, with amber weather warnings in effect on Wednesday and Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning, hail, torrential rain and some gusty winds are forecast to hit much of the UK.
The amber weather warnings are in place until midnight tonight, for North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
The Met Office warns rainfall totals of 1.1 to 1.5 inches (30 to 40mm) may fall in as little as 20 minutes, with a chance of 2.3 inches (60m) falling in an hour and 2.7 to four inches (70 to 100mm) falling in two to three hours.
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Large hail, frequent lightning and gusty winds will be additional hazards.
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: “Parts of the UK will see some very heavy thunderstorms with torrential rainfall and a chance of flash flooding from Wednesday, this could result in landslides and problems with travel.”
This has already been the case for parts of the UK as on Tuesday evening, torrential rain and lightning caused flooding and travel disruption in parts of Scotland.
Perth and Kinross, the Lothians, Forth Valley and the north-east of England impacted by overnight lightning strikes and heavy downpours.
So where is lightning hitting right NOW?
According to real time lightning tracker maps, clusters of lightning are striking across Wales, Wolverhampton, Hereford, Newport, Brecon Beacons and Bristol.
Maps from Lightningmaps.org show the places lightning is striking, updating every few seconds with new strikes.
Netweather’s lightning tracker maps also show huge clusters of lightning across Wales and the West Midlands as of 9.30pm.
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Express.co.uk will update this page when further storms have been recorded across the UK.
As night falls, stormy skies are being reported across much of Britain, with thunderstorm warnings spanning the country.
Met Office Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Today warnings cover much of England, away from the east coast, Wales and parts of Scotland.
“The storms will be isolated but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours with 30 to 40mm of rain possible in less than an hour and, in isolated spots, a small chance of 60 mm falling.
“With the continuing hot weather large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week.”
Many Twitter users are waiting for storms to come, in the hopes some of the hot weather will dissipate.
However, the heatwave is forecast to continue tomorrow with highs of 34C forecast for the south of England.
Britons have been struggling to sleep with temperatures not dipping below 20C of night all week.
The Met Office tweeted: “It’s set to be another very warm night tonight and uncomfortable for sleeping.
“In fact, it will be a #tropical night for many, with temperatures staying above 20.0C once again”.
Some quick tips for sleeping in the heat include – wearing cotton pyjamas, taking a warm shower and trying not to eat a hot meal before bed.
Closing curtains throughout the day can also block out the sun and ensure a cooler room for sleeping.
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