UK weather forecast – Met Office warning over four days of ‘severe’ rain after deadly lightning strike in Scotland
BRITAIN is set to be lashed by four days of “severe” rain and thunder next week, the Met Office has warned.
Yellow warnings for rain were issued from Monday to Thursday, with forecasters warning of flooding and travel chaos.
The alerts were sent out as it emerged a hiker, 55, was killed and six others were blown off their feet in a horror lightning strike in the Scottish Highlands.
The woman, who has not been named, was airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a bolt of lightning – but she died from her injuries.
Today there will be some sunny spells and scattered showers.
Northern and western areas are likely to see the most showers and some of them could be heavy and thundery.
Persistent rain will spread into eastern and southern England through the night.
FOUR DAYS OF ‘SEVERE’ RAIN
The conditions will become steadily worse on Monday, with a Yellow “severe” rain warning in place for London, Norwich, Peterborough and Nottingham.
“There is a chance that heavy prolonged rainfall could lead to local flooding and disruption to transport,” the Met Office warned.
Heavy and persistent rain will continue for many, particularly across eastern England on Tuesday.
A second Yellow “severe” rain warning has been issued for Tuesday covering the same areas as Monday.
But by Wednesday, the rain is expected to move northwards.
Wednesday’s Yellow rain warning affects eastern coastal areas from Hull to Newcastle. This warning is also in place for Thursday.
The week of miserable weather is set to come after a woman was killed by lightning near Glencoe on Saturday.
Another woman was also airlifted to the hospital in Fort William with serious injuries but her condition was last night described as stable.
The five other members of the hiking group were uninjured but left traumatised and shocked by the ordeal.
The horrifying ordeal happened on Na Gruagaichean a 3,465 ft Munro near Kinlochleven on Saturday night shortly before 6pm.
Snaps taken at the scene showed two helicopters which had been scrambled to the remote spot to help the hikers involved.
Andy Nelson, leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, said the group were about 4kms North east of Mamore Lodge.
He said: “They were walking along the ridge when the lightning struck,” he said.
“The helicopter managed to get the survivors off the hill. Most were relatively unscathed.
“The deceased was incredibly unlucky. The group were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It was a short-lived thunderstorm – it lasted about 20 minutes. It was a very heavy sky – there was a flash and then the rumble. We saw a lightning flash.”
A local at the scene said it’s understood the strike was so powerful it left a small crater on the ground.
‘THE GROUND SHOOK’
They added: “The power went out with the lightning strike. I can’t emphasise how strong the thunder was. I have never felt or heard anything like it in my life. The ground shook.”
Forecasters warned of grey, rainy conditions in Kinlochleven – with a 90 per cent chance of rain – but not lightning.
But another local warned: “The weather in the area is so changeable. Out on the mountains it can be sweetness and light one minute, then blindingly savage the next. I’ve seen thunderstorms bubble up in seconds out there.
“My heart goes out to the people affected. It’s a terrible thing for them all to have been through.”
The area where the tragic accident happened is popular with climbers and walkers because of a well defined path to the summit.
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Mountaineering Scotland warns against the dangers of lightning strikes to hill-walkers and climbers on its website.
It says: “Though relatively unusual in the UK, the risk of a lightning strike if you are hill walking and encounter a thunderstorm, is one to take seriously and try to avoid.
“Direct lightning strikes on people are relatively rare, but can be extremely violent and often fatal.”
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