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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

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

Moon & Sun Forecast

Sunrise
4:59 am
Sunset
9:12 pm
Day Length
16:13 hrs
Waning Crescent, Moon at 27 days in cycle
Moonrise
4:12 am
Moonset
7:08 pm
Visibility
5%
There will be 2 mins 15sec more daylight tomorrow
Moon Phase:Waning Crescent

On This Day ...
Record Temperatures On This Date
Record High
27.6°C - 2012
Record Low
6.8°C - 2010

Today's extremes

Saturday 28 May
High Temp8.6°C12:00 AM
Low Temp4.5°C5:14 AM
Rain Rate0.00 mm/hr00:00 AM
Max Gust6.9 mph3:02 AM
Min Windchill4.1°C3:13 AM

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