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UK Lightning Map

UK Lightning Map and Thunderstorm Detector | Live Tracker

We have our very own lightning detector and this captures a picture of lightning around the southwest.


More about lightning

  • At any point of time there are about 1800 thunderstorms.
  • Every year, the Earth experiences an average of 25 million lightning strikes during some 100,000 thunderstorms. That’s more than a hundred lightning bolts per second.
  • An average instance of lightning lasts about a quarter of a second and consists of 3-4 strikes.
  • You can hear thunder from about 12 miles from the starting point.
  • Lightning bolts travel at speeds of up to 60,000 miles per second.
  • The average length of a single lightning bolt is 2-3 miles.
  • A single lightning bolt travels through twisted paths in the air that can be as wide as one of your fingers or between six and ten miles.
  • The temperature of a typical lightning bolt can reach 50,000 F degrees – that is 5 times greater than the temperature of the surface of the Sun.
  • The energy contained in a single lightning strike can power a 100 Watt light bulb for 90 days.
  • “Lightning never strikes twice” unfortunately is a myth. Lightning can strike the same location many times.
  • Trees sometimes can take direct hits from lightning and not get burnt – the electricity passes over their wet surface and goes straight into the ground.
  • Glass forms when lightning strikes into sandy soil. After a storm you can find strips of glass in the sand.
  • If you have wet clothes on, lightning will do you less harm.
  • The irrational fear of lightning is known as keraunophobia. The fear of thunder is termed brontophobia.
  • There are from 100 to 1000 instances of ball lightning at the same time on Earth, but the chance you’ll see at least one in your lifetime is just 0.01%.
South West Warnings
    Yellow warning of thunderstorm affecting South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire valid from 0900 Mon 15 Aug to 2259 Mon 15 Aug Yellow warning of thunderstorm affecting South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire valid from 2300 Mon 15 Aug to 2259 Tue 16 Aug Yellow warning of thunderstorm affecting South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire valid from 0800 Wed 17 Aug to 2259 Wed 17 Aug

Moon & Sun Forecast

Sunrise
5:52 am
Sunset
8:31 pm
Day Length
14:39 hrs
Waning Gibbous, Moon at 18 days in cycle
Moonrise
10:18 pm
Moonset
9:58 am
Visibility
88%
There will be 3 min 36sec less daylight tomorrow
Moon Phase:Waning Gibbous

On This Day ...
Record Temperatures On This Date
Record High
26.4°C - 2021
Record Low
-1.9°C - 2007

Today's extremes

Monday 15 August
High Temp20.3°C12:00 AM
Low Temp17.3°C1:52 AM
Rain Rate0.00 mm/hr00:00 AM
Max Gust2.3 mph12:20 AM
Min Windchill17.3°C1:52 AM

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