Met Office issues rare lightning warning as heatwave gives way to thunderstorms

Met Office issues rare lightning warning as heatwave gives way to thunderstorms

Temperatues have fallen by 10 to 15 degress on last week’s record-breaking highs (Pictures: Rex)

The Met Office has issued a rare lightning warning for the south of England as last week’s mini heatwave gives way to a ‘huge cluster’ of thunderstorms.

The UK recorded its hottest day of the year for the third day in a row on Friday as the mercury soared to nearly 33C in Santon Downham in Suffolk.

But temperatures dropped by 10 to 15 degrees on Saturday, prompting forecasters to issue one of only a ‘handful’ of lightning warnings as storms rumble in.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said a cold front from the north was responsible for the sudden temperature shift.

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She said: ‘It felt like it was just getting into summer but it’s cooler now.

‘Lots of places in the UK have seen a temperature drop of about 10 to 15 degrees in some places, which is massive.

‘We’ve got a huge cluster of thunderstorms in the south west of England, there’s potential we could see some in the South East later on tonight.’

Pedestrians are caught in heavy downpours on Westminster Bridge (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

People sheltering with umbrellas on London riverside (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

People huddle under umbrellas as they go for a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge on Saturday (Picture: Bav Media)

After days of flocking to beaches and open spaces to soak up the sun, people are now being urged to stay indoors due to the potentially dangerous conditions.

Ms Mitchell went on: ‘If you are doing any outdoor activities move inside if …read more

Source:: Metro News

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