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A woman in Wales captured the shocking moment a huge bolt of lightning appeared to strike a nearby house. You can watch the footage here:
Donna Tizzard was filming the ongoing thunderstorm in Gwersyllt, Wrexham, last (Wednesday) night when a massive lightning bolt jolted down from the skies with a crashing bang, seemingly causing a small explosion on impact with the house.
The fire service confirmed they were called to the area at around 8pm, but a spokesperson told North Wales Live they classed the call as a 'false alarm with good intent'.
It was one of numerous calls made in the Wrexham area last night amid heavy rain, thunder and lightning.
The Met Office had a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in place covering huge swathes of the UK yesterday and this remains in place today, with only the north east of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland exempt from the warning.
These thunderstorm warnings will remain in place across much of the UK until Monday.
Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "With the continuing hot weather large swathes of the UK continue to be at risk from thunderstorms and potentially the impacts from heavy rain, into the early part of next week."
#Thunderstorms are moving across East Anglia and to the northwest of London with heavy downpours :cloud_lightning:️ pic.twitter.com/pHpKyxvOsT
- Met Office (@metoffice) August 13, 2020
The UK is in the midst of a heatwave, and last Friday (7 August) saw 36.4°C recorded at Heathrow and Kew Gardens - the hottest August day since 10 August 2003 (38.5°C, Faversham) - while 34.5°C was recorded on Saturday and 34°C on Sunday.
Yesterday, temperatures in London surpassed 34°C for the sixth day in a row for the first time since 1961. But while temperatures are expected to drop slightly over the coming days, the threat of storms remains; and as a lot of us can vouch for at the moment, mid-heatwave storms - being hot and loud - aren't the best for sleeping in.
Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey has warned that these restless nights will become more common as the years go by.
She said: "With climate change and a warming climate, we will see more tropical nights. There's no doubt about that.
"Heatwaves are more likely and so as well as warmer days, we are going to see warmer nights."
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