Lightning strikes in northern England as a month's worth of rain falls overnight

Mail Online | 8/27/2019 | Bridie Pearson-jones;Mark Duell for MailOnline
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The heatwave that saw Britain enjoy a blazing Bank Holiday weekend will come to an abrupt end today as storms swept across the country last night.

Forecaster have warned heavy rainfall could cause train delays and difficult driving conditions following an uncharacteristically scorching Bank Holiday Monday.

Tuesday - Mercury - Rise - Day - Row

Tuesday saw the mercury rise to 91F (33C) for a third day in a row in southern England, but glorious summer conditions won't continue across the country and thunderstorms have already swept into northern and eastern parts of the UK.

The Met Office has warned of up to 2.4in (60mm) of rain, along with a chance of flooding, hail, lightning, strong winds, damage to buildings, communities cut off and power cuts.

Forecasters - Delays - Driving - Conditions - Motorists

Forecasters also say there could be train delays and difficult driving conditions for motorists as nearly a month's worth of rain falls in some eastern areas - with England's August average at just 2.7in (69mm).

It comes after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record on Monday, which provided perfect conditions for scantily clad dancers at the Notting Hill Carnival and was a boon for coastal resorts, parks and outdoor attractions.

Thunderstorms - England - Scotland - Night - Dark

Evening thunderstorms erupted across northern and eastern England as well as eastern Scotland last night, but cleared shortly after dark.

Stunning photos showed purple skies as lightning struck near the Humber Bridge in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Scunthrope - Lilac - Lightning - Shot - Clouds

In nearby Scunthrope, lilac lightning shot through blue clouds in stunning images shared by locals.

Today, most areas will stay dry, but rain in northwest Scotland will spread further southeastwards.

Southeast - England - Day - Yesterday

Southeast England will stay warm and dry throughout the day, hitting a more comfortable 75F (24C) than yesterday.

Rain in the west will move slowly eastwards, reaching southeastern Scotland, northern and southwest England, and Wales by late afternoon.

Tomorrow - Weather - Arrives

Tomorrow, will be mostly dry until wet and windy weather arrives...
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