UK lightning tracker: How to watch lightning LIVE across UK today as thunderstorm hits

The scorching heatwave is officially over as heavy rain and stormy moves in across all corners of Britain. The is warning of thundery downpours throughout the day moving northwards from the south of England this morning. Aidan McGivern said Thursday “is a day of heavy showers, hail and thunder mixed in with some of the liveliest downpours”. The weather forecaster also warned of the showers being accompanied by lightning.

If you are keen to track the adverse weather throughout the day, including where lightning will strike, then there is a handy online tool to help.

There are various lightning maps showing where lightning is currently striking.

Check out lightning maps.org, netweather.org or meteoradar.co.uk for real-time information showing what is happening outside your window right now.

BBC weather has also warned of “strong” winds of up to 65mph in the coming days.

BBC Weather presenter Chris Fawkes said: “Here in the UK our weather has changed, it’s turned more unsettled, cooler with rain or showers in the forecast over the next few days.

"Although we have seen that change to cooler conditions, it gets even cooler still as we head into the weekend.

"Quite a windy spell of weather on the way as well as an area of low pressure moves in through Friday night and into Saturday.”

Met Eireann, Ireland’s equivalent of the Met Office, has named an incoming band of severe gales as Storm Hannah.

The Met Office is warning the storm will bring “strong winds” to the UK, although it will mainly affect Ireland.

Although most people are unlikely to welcome the miserable, sodden weather, that may not be the case in Scotland where a massive wildfire is blazing.

Around 80 firefighters have battled the fire near Aberlour, Moray, at its height, which was sparked on Easter Monday by the recent heatwave.

Fire crews are still on the scene and are expected to remain there for several days.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) area manager Bruce Farquharson said: “This is shaping up to be one of the largest wildfires that the UK has seen in years.”

The much-needed heavy rain will move in across large swathes of Scotland this afternoon.

Despite the unsettled weather, however, temperatures will remain relatively mild.

Highs of 18C are forecast for London, while Stornaway could see 16C and Manchester 17C.

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