Met Office yellow weather warnings for rain are in place until 11pm tonight across much of the UK as torrential rain is forecast to fall. The Met Office warns to expect some flooding, delays and cancellations to public transport, difficulty driving and possible power cuts. The weather experts also warn that thunder and lightning are possible as the autumn weather sets in.
Where is lightning striking now?
6.13pm: Lightning has reduced but is still striking some regions of the UK
Lightning strikes have been recorded in Maldon near Chelmsford as well as near Norwich, specifically arund Wymondham and Attleborough.
4.28pm: There are several areas expriencing intense lightning storms right now
One such area is along the coast north of Norwich.
Ely, Lakeheath and Brandon are also experiencing severe lightning now.
Thunderstorms and lightning has continued across London as the lightning strikes continue strike across London, particularly Wembley, the City of London and Canary Wharf.
11.40am update: London just one of many places seeing lightning right now
London has just been hit with a crack of lightning and loud thunder, as the lightning spreads across the south-west of England.
Areas in Cornwall along the south and west coast are seeing a number of reports of lightning, according to Lightning Maps, spreading towards south Wales and across towards the likes of Bath, Worcester and down as far as Brighton on the south-east coast.
10am update: UK to be hit with lightning today
According to LightningMaps.org, lightning is currently hitting across North Wessex Downs, west Salisbury and Bangor.
With more lightning clustered in the English Channel below the Isle of Wight, there could be more strikes throughout today.
Met Office forecast
The Met Office yellow weather warning for rain began at 4am and is in place for East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
The warning states “spells of very heavy rain are expected to move northeastwards across much of England and Wales during Tuesday.
“Whilst many areas will see some heavy rain with 15 to 30mm (0.6 to 1.1 inches) widely, some places may see up to 70mm (2.7 inches), much of this in a relatively short space of time, typically less than 6 hours.
“Thunder and lightning are also possible along with strong gusty winds.”
This level of downpours could see a month’s worth of rain in a few locations.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong, said of this weeks weather: “Many people will notice a big change in the weather this week, as last week’s warm and sunny weather is replaced by spells of heavy rain and strong winds mixed with some drier, brighter spells.
“Tuesday will be wet across much of the UK, particularly England and Wales, where heavy rain could see 30 to 50mm falling in a short time and up to 70mm in some isolated spots.
“The heavy rain will be accompanied by hail, thunderstorms and gusty winds, leading to flooding and difficult driving conditions.”
This week’s weather is feeling the impacts of the remnants of Atlantic Hurricane Humberto, bringing low pressure, wind and rain.
Mr Armstrong continued: “It’ll be an unsettled weekend as low pressure remains in charge – there are some early signals for another deep area of low pressure forming on Sunday – this in combination with high Spring tides means could bring another spell of severe weather and risk of flooding.”
“Sunday’s system has yet to develop however and there are uncertainties about the exact impacts this far ahead – we’ll keep people updated throughout the week.”
September could go down in history as the wettest ever according to Ladbrokes.
The bookmakers now make it just even money (from 7/4) that September 2019 enters the record books as the wettest ever.
The odds have also been cut into 5/2 by the bookies that Autumn notches up the same record.
Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica O’Reilly said: “With a month’s worth of rain expected to fall over the next few days we’ve had to take the scissors to the odds.”