Huge thunder and lightning storms have battered the UK overnight, reaching from North Wales to Scotland, following the scorching weekend heatwave.
Last night’s downpours, stretching from Birmingham to Cumbria, will be followed by more storms today, continuing until late Thursday.
BBC Weather Watchers said that there were a staggering 50,000 lightning strikes in 24 hours across the UK following the weekend heatwave.
The lightning strikes lit up the skies across the UK – causing mesmerising purple and blue hues.
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: “There are risks of severe thunderstorms across most of Britain.
“We are concerned that there may be flash flooding in low-lying areas.
“But it will be sudden torrential downpours, not long sustained periods of rain.”
The Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings across the UK between today and Thursday.
The warnings apply to the whole of the UK between today and Wednesday, while England and Wales are also thought to be at risk on Thursday.
The warning states: “Some places are likely to see severe thunderstorms early next week – but there is significant uncertainty in location and timing.”
According to the Met Office, the warnings mean: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes and large hail.
“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
“There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.”
One of the first places to suffer from the sudden change of weather yesterday was Aberystwyth in Wales.
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The town in west Wales was hit with torrential rain as a deluge of water flooded the town at 3 pm yesterday.
The west coast market town was badly hit with the downpour blocking roads.
About 250 homes were left without power in the area because of the storms.
Hailstones the size of golf balls also rained down on Capel Curig in North Wales yesterday – stunning locals as temperatures reached 35C elsewhere in the UK.
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