BBC Weather: UK set for sunshine and scattered showers
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Sunshine and scorching temperatures have dominated the weather forecast in recent days, with highs of 27C in some places. Now thunderstorms are predicted tonight, with live lightning trackers already showing strikes across the north of England and a Met Office warning in place.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms, which is in place until 6pm tonight.
The forecasters warn: “Clusters of heavy showers and thunderstorms have developed and will affect the area over the next few hours, giving rise to some very localised areas of torrential rain, lightning, hail and gusty winds.”
Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are possible in less than an hour which may lead to surface water impacts.
Thunderstorms will tend to move east to northeastwards before clearing this evening.
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The affected areas are Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston Upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.
Live lightning maps from lightningmaps.org show concentrations of lightning between York and Hull.
The main area hit by lighting is Pocklington, with clusters of lightning recorded.
Rain radars show heavy rain across this area, heading northeastwards.
Express.co.uk will update this page with more information and the latest live maps as the thunderstorms continue.
Rain is expected across parts of the north and east, turning thundery in the named areas.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: “Those showers could be quite heavy and intense, and thundery in some areas.
“However other parts of the country will see a relatively nice day.”
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Thunderstorms often strike during periods of hot weather, as heat and moisture are key to creating a thunderstorm.
Humid and warm conditions can cause moisture to travel high into the air, where it meets colder temperatures in clouds.
When the heat meets the cold, we see the development of a positive charge on the lower level of a cloud.
Warm moisture droplets are tossed around with ice crystals, which charges static electricity.
For the rest of this week, the dry and sunny weather looks to be continuing, with the risk of some showers towards Friday.
The Met Office five day forecast reads
This Evening and Tonight
Showers and thunderstorms in the east dying out to leave a dry and fine night for most.
Becoming cloudier across northwestern parts by morning, with some patchy drizzle for northwest Scotland.
Dry and largely sunny across England and Wales after a chilly start in the west.
Cloudier elsewhere with some patchy rain or showers for northern Scotland. Warm in the sunshine.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday
Rather cloudy with rain affecting the northwest at times. Low cloud affecting some southwestern coasts.
Elsewhere, largely dry with sunny spells and turning very warm in the east.
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