Met Office issues lightning warning amid ‘huge cluster’ of storms after heatwave

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The Met Office has issued only its fourth ever lightning warning with the south of England bracing itself for a huge cluster of thunderstorms on Sunday (June 19).

People are being urged to stay indoors as temperatures also continue to plummet from Friday's hottest day of the year when the mercury hit 32C.

The sudden drop – several places in the UK witnessed conditions that were between 10 and 15 degrees cooler on Saturday – has been caused by a cold front from the north.

It has been forecast that the south-west and south-east of England will need to pay most attention to the lightning warning – the Met Office's first since 2019.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "If you are doing any outdoor activities move inside if you can – that's the best advice really. Stay away from any power lines or anything like that which could potentially be struck by the lightning.

"If you do find yourself in an exposed location stay close to the ground, away from anything that could conduct lightning."

After the end of the mini heatwave, when temperatures peaked at 32.7C on Friday, the East Sussex village of Herstmonceux witnessed Saturday's high of 27C.

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But there were showers in many places and the Met Office issued a yellow warning in south-west England ahead of the anticipated arrival of heavy rain and lightning.

The weather is expected to improve for the start of Glastonbury next week, with temperatures potentially reaching 26C on Thursday, before cooling over the weekend.

"It looks like the start of Glastonbury, particularly Wednesday or Thursday, is likely to be dry, hot and sunny," added Mitchell. "For anyone setting up your tent it's likely to be quite good weather.

"Heading into the weekend, from Friday onwards it looks like we could see more in the way of showers, probably some sunny spells and showers."

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