UK lightning tracker LIVE: Britain hit by major storm - where is lightning striking now?

today issued a yellow weather alert for thunderstorms across London and the south east warning those in the areas to prepare for flooding, travel disruption and potential power cuts. Alongside the intense rainfall, lightning and hail are also likely with a small chance that homes and businesses, as well as transportation, could be struck and damaged by lightning strikes or hail. The warning is in place from 10am to 7pm today with a predicted almost three inches of rainfall expected in just two hours.

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Currently lightning is striking across the south of England.

Several lightning strikes have been reported in Horsham and Billingshurst.

While a few more reports have come in from the likes of Biggin Hill, Leatherhead and Dorking.

Out to see off the coast of Bournemouth, a few lightning strikes have been spotted.

While in London, grey skies and torrential rain suggest a storm could be brewing - but no lightning reports have been made as yet.

You can follow the lightning strikes in real time here.

The Met Office weather warning advises: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.

“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

“Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.”

The torrential downpour is expected to batter the coast around the country during the daylight hours and the worst of the showers are due to move northwest into this evening and the early hours of tomorrow.

Forecasters also warned it will feel chillier today, with temperatures only reaching 17C in London and 15C in York.

The Met Office meteorologist Mr Miall said temperatures were “disappointing” for this time of year and noted that this week overall would feel fresher potentially with chiller nights. 

He said: “It is a fresh start for many of us this morning, quite chilly in parts of western Scotland under those clear skies.

“There will be some sunshine around first thing as well.

“And as the day goes on we will see a mixture of sunny spells and some heavy showers.

“But some of the lowest temperatures are across western Scotland first thing this morning under those clear skies.

“Temperatures will be well down into single figures and it is quite grey and gloomy across eastern Scotland and north east England and still some drizzle remaining from yesterday's weather front which brought a very wet day.

“But elsewhere we have got some sunshine to start the day but across the south some heavy showers, there could even be a thunderstorm in the southeast of England in the next few hours.

“So there will be some wet weather around for a time, that will tend to clear away in the southeast and we will see a mixture of sunshine and showers developing up and down the UK.

“Some heavy showers in places, there could be some hail and thunder mixed in with the sunshine as well.

“There will be some sunshine for some of us but quite blustery even though those winds won’t be as strong as they were over the weekend.”

Forecasters predict the miserable weather will continue for at least another two weeks.

Some areas expected to see more rain in the next two days than they typically get throughout the whole of August.

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