Heatwave expected to end with a bang as exact time of thunderstorms predicted

The UK has been experiencing a very dry spell of hot weather recently, with temperatures soaring and droughts even being declared across areas in England.

The heatwave is now finally coming to an end, but there's still more extreme weather on the way.

The Met Office has now issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain across the UK that is set to last until Wednesday.

The meteorological service said: “The current hot weather will make way for a thundery breakdown from the west, which will spread south and east in the early part of next week. Ahead of this, isolated but intense thunderstorms are possible".

It has also warned that there could be some flooding, explaining: "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.

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

Here's the exact time that thunderstorms are expected to start across the UK today and some of the most common myths about lightning that you shouldn't listen to.

When will thunderstorms start?

According to the Met Office, today we can expect "showers and thunderstorms turning more widespread by afternoon, though some parts escaping."

After thunderstorms in some areas across the country this afternoon, tonight will see more "thundery showers easing slowly across England and Wales".

The yellow warnings for thunderstorms are currently in place across the whole of the UK, except from the north of Scotland, but this doesn't mean that all areas will definitely see thunderstorms today.

In the south, thunderstorms are predicted start in the mid afternoon, hitting London at 2pm. The storm will go on for an hour before subsiding until the evening, when it will start again at 10pm.

Wales could miss out on thunderstorms today but areas across the country, including Cardiff, are predicted to be hit by storms from 12pm tomorrow.

In areas in the North West, thunderstorms are set to start at 1pm.

Manchester will see lightning storms go on until 4pm and they're set to return for another two hours at 7pm.

Meanwhile, the thunderstorm has now gone over Scotland and the region is set for heavy rain for the rest of the day.

On Tuesday Scotland and Northern Ireland are predicted to be mostly cloudy and rainy but the North West will see some sunny intervals. However, in other areas of the country "heavy showers and thunderstorms may produce torrential downpours".

The south of the country will continue to see heavy showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, but it will be drier further north.

By Thursday it looks like the storms will be clearing up and more sunny spells are predicted for Friday.

Lightning myths debunked

When it comes to lightning, there are many myths about your safety.

It's important that you know what is and what isn't safe in a thunderstorm, here are some of the biggest false myths and why they aren't true.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice

This myth is completely false, lightning can strike the same place twice, and it often does.

Lighting will even strike the same place repeatedly, especially if it's a tall, isolated object.

For example, according to the National Weather Service, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning an average of 25 times per year.

If it’s not raining or there's no clouds, you're safe from lighting

Even if you don't see rain or clouds, you could still be at risk of a lightning strike.

Lighting can travel between 10 to 12 miles from a thunderstorm.

A dry thunderstorms can also happen, this is when a thunderstorm produces thunder and lightning but most of its precipitation evaporates before it reaches the ground, so it appears that it's not raining.

A lightning victim can carry an electrical charge

People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and it is safe to touch them.

A lightning strike can cause cardiac arrest, burns and nerve damage but most victims can survive if the are able to get medical attention.

A lightning victim may need CPR so it's really important to know that it is safe to give them medical aid as this myth could prevent you from doing so.

Your cars rubber tires will protect you from lightning

It's true that your car can be a good place to seek shelter in a thunderstorm, however it is not the rubber tires on a car that make it a good refuge.

What actually makes a car a good lightning shelter is that it is covered on all sides.

This means that even though they have rubber ties, motorcycles, convertibles and bicycles will not protect you from lightning.

If you are in a car during a thunderstorm then you should make sure that all the doors are closed, the windows are rolled up and that the sun roof is closed.

You should lie flat on the ground if you're outside

You might be surprised to find out that if you find yourself stuck outside in a thunderstorm, lying flat on the ground can actually put you at more risk.

This is because the ground is a good conductor for electricity and so if you lie flat on it you will be increasing your chances of being injured by a deadly ground current.

Instead, you should squat close to the ground with your hands on your knees and your head tucked between them and should try to touch as little of the ground as possible.

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