Updated: 5/29/2018 12:02:59 PM
Severe thunderstorms swept through most of Europe on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2018, producing more than 400 000 lightning strikes. One person was killed in Britain and another seriously injured in Germany.
Published Monday, May 28, 2018
A violent electrical storm swept over the UK on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2018, producing up to 60 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours.
Meteorologists said temperatures on Saturday reached 27 °C before violent thunderstorm struck around 23:00 local time.
According to AP, meteorologist Charlie Powell said information suggested that there were somewhere between 15 000 and 20 000 strikes across the United Kingdom overnight. Weather forecasters said they had never seen so many lightning strikes from a single storm.
The UK Met Office later said the country was struck by lightning more than 60 000 times in 24 hours.
Some 17 flood alerts were issued for parts of the Thames Valley and nearly 1 000 properties in Midlands were left without power.
London Fire Brigade received more than 500 weather-related calls, most of them due to flooding.
A Yellow Warning for Rain is in effect for Monday afternoon, including East of England, London & South East England, South West England and Wales.
EU electrical storm Facts
Affected Area: 2500 km.
Alert Level: Yellow