A boom time for lightning as more than half of all 2022 strikes were recorded this week

A boom time for lightning as more than half of all 2022 strikes were recorded this week

  • Met Office data shows 26,718 strikes over the UK from Sunday to Wednesday
  • Severe thunderstorms hit the country this week after weeks of dry weather
  • BBC weather forecaster advised people caught in storms to seek some shelter

More than half of all lightning strikes over the past year have been recorded since Sunday.

Warnings for lightning have been issued as Met Office data showed 26,718 strikes over the UK from Sunday to Wednesday. 

Just under 50,000 were recorded over the past year.

Lightning strike over Blackpool on 14 August as Met Office data showed 26,718 strikes over the UK from Sunday to Wednesday

Lightning strike over Blackpool on 14 August as Met Office data showed 26,718 strikes over the UK from Sunday to Wednesday

Offering advice on how to stay safe in a thunderstorm, BBC weather forecaster Simon King said: ‘If you’re near a building, it’s best to seek some shelter.

‘If you happen to be out travelling in your car, stay in your car, because any lightning that might hit it goes around the metal box and the electricity gets diffused by your rubber tyres.’

Britain experienced severe thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday after weeks of dry weather, as flash flooding hit the Midlands and the South.

Lightning strikes can cause fires, fatalities and travel disruption.

On Tuesday a train full of passengers was stranded near Hither Green in south-east London after a suspected lightning strike disabled electrics.

Downpours in London and across the South have led to flash flooding in recent days, with storms causing disruption to travel

Lightning strike over the pier in Blackpool in the early hours of the morning on 15 August as the heatwave came to an end

Lightning strike over the pier in Blackpool in the early hours of the morning on 15 August as the heatwave came to an end

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