UK lightning tracker map live: Met Office issues storm warning – where will thunder hit?

September, the official start of meteorological autumn, has seen summery weather dissipate for much of the UK. Cooler climates and rain have struck most regions. But while things could yet warm up again, the Met Office is warning of heavy, thundered showers to persist throughout Monday.

Which areas are under warning?

The Met Office warning for “slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms” affects the southwest of England and south of Wales.

The warning is due to begin at 10am on Monday and will expire at 8pm, although this could still change.

As you can see on the lighting map below, a few bolts of lightning have already been recorded near Plymouth, which will increase as the morning goes on.

What are the hazards?

The Met Office is warning of “likely” flooding, which could lead to the damage of buildings.

Travel delays are also likely, with train delays and driving conditions hazardous.

The Met Office is also warning of possible “short term loss of power and other services”.

There is also the chance of “some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes.”

Thunderstorms should be taken seriously, and can pose a serious hazard.

A lightning bolt carries around 20,000 – 30,000 amps of electrical current when it makes contact with the ground – that’s 2,300 times more electricity than that used to power your washing machine.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, between 30 and 60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain and about three of these are fatal.

While your odds of being struck by lightning are low, it’s wise to make sure you know how to protect yourself when a storm strikes.

The best thing you can do is stay indoors during a thunderstorm.

If you’re outside and can’t get indoors, avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.

If you find yourself in an exposed location, squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them, trying to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground.

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