Lightning map LIVE: Storms to bash Britain this weekend as Met Office warnings issued

BBC Weather: UK set for thunderstorms as temperatures drop

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Britain saw lashings of sunshine this week as temperatures reached 32C in some parts of the country. The heatwave was the first real taste of summer the UK has seen this year, but this weekend all that looks to change. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for adverse weather this weekend as much of the UK will see rain, thunder and lightning hit. People took to social media to share their views on the dramatic change in weather.

One wrote: “So now when we have 15 degrees and rain everyone in the UK should stop complaining about the weather. Everything is back to normal misery.”

Another simply said: “We have rain, thank the lord #UKweather.”

One person who experienced the storm last night wrote: “Its [sic] thundering and raining in the UK right now and I can’t express how much I love this weather, especially after how hot the past few days have been here.

“Rain, thunder, a cool breeze and cloudy skies is so comforting to me. Plus the sound of the rain hitting the window.”

A yellow warning for thunderstorms is active across the southern area of England, including South Wales and some areas in London.

The Met Office writes: “Heavy rain and thunderstorms will move into southern areas during Friday night, reaching South Wales and the Midlands early on Saturday.

“This is likely to bring frequent lightning, possible large hail and gusty winds as well as torrential rainfall for some.

“Where this occurs, perhaps most likely in central parts of southern England, 25 to 35mm of rain could fall within an hour, with possible flooding.”

The weather agency adds that “slow moving thunderstorms” will develop by the time Saturday afternoon comes in across England’s southern counties, “easing only slowly through the evening”.

The Met Office adds: “Not all places affected but where they occur, a renewed threat of torrential rainfall and flooding, some locations seeing 30 to 50mm within an hour or two.

“Lightning, large hail and locally gusty winds could pose additional hazards.”

The first warning has been in place since Friday and will stretch to 10pm tonight, while the second goes from 9am to 11.59pm on Sunday.

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David Oliver from the Met Office said: “This yellow warning comes as temperatures are set to dip for many areas over the weekend.

“A spell of rain, heavy in places perhaps with some thunder, moves in from the south west late on Friday and into Saturday.”

To track the lightning coming into the UK as the storms develop, you can do so here.

Areas affected include:

East Midlands – Northamptonshire
East of England
Greater London
South East England
Isle of Wight
East Sussex
West Berkshire
West Sussex
South West England
North Somerset
South Gloucestershire

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