Thunderstorms and lightning

Thunderstorms can occur at any time of the year but it is during the summer months when thunderstorms in the UK are most likely to produce large hail, gusty winds and torrential downpours that can cause disruption to transport networks and damage property.

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms as they often include lightning and care include powerful winds over 50mph, create hail and cause flash flooding and tornadoes:


Before the storm:


During the storm:

  • avoid using a landline phone
  • avoid taps, including showers
  • if your outside avoid walking near water and keep a safe distance from trees, poles and metal objects
  • if you feel your hair stand on end, drop to the above squat position immediately.

After the storm:

  • do not touch any electrical or telephone cables which have been damaged during the storm.

Visit the Met Office website for advice on how to stay safe during thunder and lightning

Last updated: 03/05/2022 15:00