More thunder could be on the way tomorrow

Posted On 24 Jul 2019 at 1:03 pm

Lightning over West Pier on July 23 by Helen Pearce (from Brighton Skies FB group)

Following last night’s spectacular lightshow, more thunderstorms could be on the way to Brighton and Hove tomorrow night as the heatwave continues.

Now, the Met Office has just issued a warning which starts at 3pm tomorrow until 4am on Friday, saying scattered electrical storms are likely to break out.

However, the south is more likely to escape these than northern England and eastern Scotland.

The warning says: “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards.

“While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds.

“Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.”

The warning says people can expect:

  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • There is a chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, or damaged by lightning strikes, hail or sudden gusts of wind

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