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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%.

 Weather Warnings

    No weather warnings have been issued for the South West at this time.

Quick Forecast

    Today
Afternoon:Forecast Icon

12°C

Evening:Forecast Icon

11°C

Overnight:Forecast Icon

6°C

    Tomorrow
Morning: Forecast Icon

5°C

Afternoon: Forecast Icon

12°C

Evening: Forecast Icon

10°C

Moon & Sun Forecast

Sunrise
7:44 am
Sunset
5:59 pm
Day Length
10:15 hrs
Waning Gibbous, Moon at 16 days in cycle
Moonrise
6:54 pm
Moonset
9:30 am
Visibility
97%
There will be 3 min 47sec less daylight tomorrow
Moon Phase:Waning Gibbous

Record Temperatures On This Date
Record High
16.6°C - 2013
Record Low
1.2°C - 2008

Today's extremes

High Temp: 12.6°C   at  1:48 PM
Low Temp: 2.7°C  at 1:57 AM
Rain Rate: 0.00 mm/hr @ 12:03 PM
UV High: 4.0  at  12:45 PM
Max Gust: 17.3 mph at 12:26 PM
Min Windchill: 1.3°C  at  2:25 AM

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