THUNDER and lightning is predicted to hit parts of the UK today.
Our lightning map shows where in Britain it is likely to strike and what precautions you need to take.
Where is lightning striking in the UK today?
Forecasters predict lightning will break out mainly across central Scotland, the north-east of England and parts of Northern Ireland.
An isolated outbreak in Kent is also expected later today.
Mainland Europe is also expected to be hit with Germany seeing the worst of it.
Belgium and France are predicted to see some outbreaks as well.
Check our map to see if you could be affected.
How can I track lightning and thunderstorms?
A number of weather maps online can help you track the thunderstorm as it sweeps across the UK.
Metcheck provides a live update of the storm as it batters its way through the country – check where the storm is here.
You can also track lightning here.
The Met Office’s Twitter page also has regular updates on the weather situation and includes forecasts and predictions on all types of weather in the UK.
How do I stay safe in lightning and thunderstorms?
Lightning and thunderstorms can be extremely hazardous and the Met Office has extensive guidelines on what to do before, during and after.
- Lightning can cause power surges, unplug any non-essential appliances if not already using a surge protector.
- Seek shelter if possible. When you hear thunder you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur, lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.
- Telephone lines can conduct electricity so try to avoid using the landline, unless in an emergency
- If outside avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects
- Avoid activities such as golf, rod fishing or boating on a lake
- Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails. If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles
- If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground
- If you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above position immediately
- Avoid downed power lines or broken cables
- If someone is struck by lightning, they often suffer severe burns. The strike also affects the heart, so check if they have a pulse.
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