Met Office issues yellow storm warnings across UK with lightning to spark chaos

The Met Office has put a yellow weather warning in place for almost the entire eastern portion of the UK, with Canterbury in Kent to Inverness in Scotland all under threat from thunder storms this afternoon. London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh could all swallowed by the storm, as meteorologists warn heavy rains are set to batter Britain.

The Met Office has warned there will likely be “some damage to a few buildings and structures from lightning strikes”.

A large portion of Northern Ireland has a similar weather warning, as thunder and lightning is posied to strike there too.

The storms are expect to last a whopping seven hours, as the rains begin at 13:00 and finish at 20:00.

Earlier, the Met Office issued crucial advice about how to stay safe during a lightning storm and busted some dangerous myths.

The Met Office has advised: “When you hear thunder you are already within range of where the next ground flash may occur, lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the centre of a storm.”

If you’re stuck outside, the advice is to “avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects”.

The advice also adds: “If you find yourself in an exposed location it may be advisable to squat close to the ground, with hands on knees and with head tucked between them. Try to touch as little of the ground with your body as possible, do not lie down on the ground.

“Be aware of metal objects that can conduct or attract lightning, including golf clubs, golf buggies, fishing rods, umbrellas, motorbikes, bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs, wire fencing and rails.

“If you are in a tent, try to stay away from the metal poles.”

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