‘Loudest thunder I’ve ever heard’ as storm and heavy rain hits Wales – live updates

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People shared video of rain and lightning hitting Wales

Loudest thunder I’ve ever heard’ as storm and heavy rain hits Wales

LOUDEST THUNDER I’VE EVER HEARD’ AS STORM AND HEAVY RAIN HITS WALES

People have described hearing the loudest thunder they’ve ever heard as a storm and heavy rain hits parts of Wales. It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Monday night through to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One resident described hearing “some of the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard in Canton”, while another Cardiff resident said: “I have just had a horrific headache so was lying on my bed with pillows over my eyes so had no idea there was lightning and that first thunder scared the life out of me.”

Welsh weather presenter Derek Brockway said: “The reason for the thunderstorms in parts of Wales was low pressure near Ireland.

“Next few days staying unsettled with sunshine and showers. The showers heavy at times. Risk of hail and thunder and some localised flooding.”

The weather on Tuesday is expected to start dry and bright, but more thundery downpours are forecast for later in the day.

The Met Office forecast for Wales says: “Turning cloudier as showers develop through the afternoon, heavy at times and with a risk of hail and thunder. Gusty winds around showers as well. Maximum temperature 22°C.

“Showers largely easing through the evening, though a few lingering around coasts overnight. Clear spells and patchy cloud elsewhere with winds easing inland. Remaining rather warm and muggy.”

Live updates below:

Met office warns to ‘stay aware’ as heavy rain returns

Thunderstorms to the west of the UK

There are not Met Office weather warnings for thunderstorms today but there are still thundery showers around.

The forecasting service showed a map of lightning heading to the UK from the far south west.

Lightning strike in Cardiff Bay caught on camera

This dramatic picture of a lightning strike over Cardiff Bay yesterday evening has been sent to us by a reader.

The thunderstorm rumbled over the city for several hours on Monday

The risk of thunderstorms this week

Thunderstorms are notoriously difficult to forecast, but Welsh weather forecaster Derek Brockway has shared some images of the percentage chance of thunderstorms next few days. He added: “Risk falls on Friday”

Tuesday

Wednesday

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Friday

30,000 strikes on Monday night

The thunderstorms moved from France across the UK

Met Office forecast for Wales this week

Tuesday morning has started out brighter, but more thundery downpours are forecast for later.

Here is the Met Office full forecast for Wales this week:

Tuesday

A dry and bright start with sunny spells. Turning cloudier as showers develop through the afternoon, heavy at times and with a risk of hail and thunder. Gusty winds around showers as well. Maximum temperature 22 °C.

Tonight:

Showers largely easing through the evening, though a few lingering around coasts overnight. Clear spells and patchy cloud elsewhere with winds easing inland. Remaining rather warm and muggy. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

Wednesday:

Another day of scattered showers, some heavy and thundery. Feeling warm in the intermediary sunny spells but fresher in the strong breeze across the southwest. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Remaining unsettled to begin with further heavy showers and potential thunderstorms. These turning less frequent into the weekend with winds also easing. Temperatures gradually falling closer to the seasonal average.

Flash flooding in west Wales

The heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in one part of west Wales. According to Stuart Ladd, the downpour in Ammanford caused flash flooding while a property in Betws had to be pumped out by firefighters.

Tuesday’s weather

Here’s the Met Office’s weather prediction for Tuesday – when the yellow weather warning will end.

Sun tries to poke through black clouds

Twitter user @huwtroberts took this snap at around 7pm in Cardiff. He wrote: “Came out of Asda to this sight. One half the sun’s trying to poke through, and the other, some of the blackest clouds I’ve seen.”

‘Thunder sounds like explosions’

One Twitter user wrote: “Craziest storm in Cardiff right now. Thunder literally sounds like explosions! Slightly terrifying.”

Another said: “Anyone else in #Cardiff watching the storm in their gardens? I absolutely love rain, thunder and lightening. Goodbye 32°c weather, hello cosy jammies, thick socks and hot chocolate.”

A third Twitter user wrote: “Holy HECK the thunder in Cardiff right now is awesome.”

Traffic Wales warns motorists to drive carefully

A rainbow appears mid-storm

A rainbow has been spotted above Victoria Park in Cardiff during the storm.

More lightning hits Wales

It looks like lightning is hitting across Wales – you can see it live for

Map shows affected areas

The Met Office map below shows the areas affected by the yellow weather warning

Spray on roads is likely – Met Office

Video captures extent of storm in Cardiff

A dramatic video shared on Twitter shows strong wind and heavy rain descending on Cardiff Bay this evening.

Lightning recorded across Wales

This map shows the places where lightning has been recorded across Wales. You can see the live map here.

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