Met Office warns thunder system heading east as lightning storms hit South West

The Met Office is warning that the east will be hit with a huge thunder system as lightning storms hit the South West. A map was shared showing the direction of the brutal weather.

On Twitter the Met Office wrote: “The risk of lightning will begin to reduce across #Cornwall in the next couple of hours, but will increase further east. Short duration heavy rainfall remains probable for some locations. Yellow #lightning warning in force. Stay #Weatheraware.”

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for lightning today (Saturday, June 18) covering most of the South West region. Power cuts, building damage and other disruption is possible this afternoon and this evening, the forecaster has advised.

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A map shared alongside the warning shows that all of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and most of Wiltshire is affected. The boundary stops in South Gloucestershire just above Yate, not venturing further into Gloucestershire, and covers Marlborough but not Swindon.

The yellow warning came into force just before 3pm and will be lifted at 7pm. It states: “An area of storms producing lightning may lead to disruption in the coming hours.

“Some short term loss of power or other utility services is possible [and] possibly some damage to some buildings/structures.” Temperatures have plummeted below 20C today in stark contrast to yesterday, which was the hottest day of the year so far with some areas recording more than 30C heat.

In contrast today has been overcast and drizzly for many South West locations. In Bristol, the Met Office is forecasting six solid hours of heavy rain from 4pm until 10pm.

The Met Office's map showing where is affected by the lightning warning
The Met Office’s map showing where is affected by the lightning warning
(Image: Met Office)

The outlook is looking similarly soggy in Somerset, with Taunton and Bridgwater forecast heavy rain for much of the evening – the likelihood of precipitation in both locations is more than a 95 per cent at 7pm, which is as resounding as the forecast gets.

No lightning storms are forecast in our area at the time of writing, but the weather warning advises people to be aware of the possibility that it could come our way.

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