Bizarre 'Silent Lightning' Strikes In Britain With 'Weirdest Storm Ever'
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People across the UK were stunned last night as silent
thunderstorms arrived, with some people dubbing them the 'weirdest' they'd ever seen:
The bizarre weather saw the country experience over 50,000 lightning strikes in around 24 hours, with temperatures rising above 30°C, the Mirror reports.
People living in the north witnessed almost a month's worth of rain across the region, but you won't be judged if you slept through it all - it was silent...
Taking to social media, one baffled resident - who didn't experience any showers - wrote: "The most bizarre lightning I've ever seen this evening. Completely silent, constant flashes, no rain. Been going on for an hour or so now.
"Any weather experts care to enlighten? I seem to remember something similar happening at the start of War of the Worlds..."
Last nights lightshow over Rhyl @RhylTownCouncil @RhylTown @RhylTIC @Ruth_ITV @DerekTheWeather @S4Ctywydd pic.twitter.com/WdXSae4wzq
- Thomas Davies (@td1991) August 11, 2020
Another added: "In Manchester and you can hear nothing. Is it the end of the world as we know it? Creepy yet beautiful." Someone else wrote: "Witnessing the weirdest lightning storm I've ever seen in my life. No rain, barely any thunder, but almost constant lightning that's been going on for nearly an hour now."
Nicola Maxey, a spokesman for the Met Office, told the Mirror: "It's not an unusual phenomenon. Light travels further than sound. You sometimes see the lightning flash but you are too far away to hear the thunder."
:warning:Yellow Weather Warnings updated :warning:
Severe thunderstorms are possible today, Wednesday and Thursday, although not all places within the warning areas will see them
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- Met Office (@metoffice) August 11, 2020
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, explaining that storms are possible today as well as Wednesday and Thursday.
They predict that this afternoon will be a mix of hot sunshine and scattered thundery downpours. These will bring some heavy rain, lightning and a risk of hail to some, but not everyone will see them.