UK weather – Britain's 30C scorcher ends with flash floods & storms as school evacuated after being hit by lightning

THE UK'S 30C heatwave has come to an abrupt end for many as flash flooding and storms wreak havoc – with one school evacuated after being struck by lightning.

Heavy downpours have caused flooding and power cuts in parts of Britain amid thunderstorm warnings.


As rain lashed down in the south-west this morning, a primary school in Plymouth had to be evacuated after the site was hit by lightning.

Kids were rushed out of Mount Street Primary School as fire services arrived on scene after staff reported smelling burning.

Meanwhile, flooding has hit the main shopping street in Salcombe, Devon while many in Plymouth and south-west Devon are suffering powercuts.

PC Emma Buley said: "Flash floods in Salcombe this morning has affected dozens of businesses.

"Please be careful driving if you get caught in the rain today."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms today in the south-west.

But tomorrow the agency warns much of the country is at risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms – with travel disruption likely.

Brits are soaking up the last of the sunshine as the country gears up for two days of storms after temperatures hit 30.1C in Northolt, West London, on Tuesday.

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The Met Office revealed it was only the seventh time in September that temperatures have smashed 30C in the last 50 years.

Thousands flocked to parks and beaches this week to make the most of the scorching weather – but low pressure from the Atlantic is blasting away the ridge of hot air from the south.

By mid-September, conditions are expected to get even less settled with showers and chances of longer spells of rain.

This rain could become heavy, particularly in the west and northwest – and more thunderstorms will be possible throughout the UK.

However, it's not all bad as temperatures are expected to stay above average for the time of year.

According to the Met Office’s long-range forecast, towards the end of the month, a tropical storm is due to cross the Atlantic which could significantly affect weather in the UK.


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