A dramatic lightning flash over the Severn Estuary at the storm's height
Parts of Wales have been hit by flash flooding after powerful storms brought heavy overnight rain and hailstones. Homes in several areas of south Wales had to be pumped out when rain poured down at what forecasters called "an incredible rate". Emergency teams were called Chepstow, Cardiff and Swansea as storms hit on Friday night and early Saturday. A police station in Chepstow was among the buildings flooded, and Gwent Police said it had been knee-deep in water. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to eight houses in Chepstow, and four properties in the Llanishen area of Cardiff, to pump water away. Mid Wales Fire and Rescue Service received 44 calls from people in Swansea when the storms hit, but said in most cases the water had subsided by the time they arrived. Mid and West Wales Fire Service responded to 44 calls in 90 minutes from shortly before midnight on Friday. Firefighters pumped out water from the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea and house in Clos Maes Yr Ysgol, Pontarddulais, and Lan Street, Morriston. Insp Sian Flynn of Gwent Police said: "There was exceptional weather in the area, with very heavy rain for a short period." She said the damage at the Chepstow police station was being assessed, but added: "The water went away almost as quickly as it came."
Matthew Dobson, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said rain fell at the rate of about 4in (10cm) an hour for a short time. He said: "Some places got an absolute downpour. The rain was falling at an incredible rate for a short period of time. "It started in the Wiltshire area then moved to south Wales. In Monmouthshire, they had actually had about an inch falling in an hour. "There were some nasty storms in Swansea at about midnight. "This is all part and parcel of the fact we've had warm air moving across the UK. "Yesterday morning, some much more moist air came over to south Wales, and there was some sunshine - all this added to the build-up of humidity, and the energy was released in thunder storms." He said as well as rain, hailstones up to 2cm (0.8in) diameter were reported near Chepstow. The weather is expected to be much improved in the area across the weekend, with temperatures of up to 25C (77F) likely on Sunday.
Bron: BBC | Gewijzigd: 3 februari 2017, 09:33 uur, door Joyce.s
A three-year-old boy has slept through a lightning strike which blew a hole in his bedroom wall. Elis Roberts's parents found him fast asleep in his room, which was covered in masonry, plaster and dust. The lightning blew all the light bulbs and electrical equipment in the house and other homes in the Flintshire road as storms hit north Wales.
We have been so very lucky, said his mother Pat Mulreay, of Edwin Drive, Flint, after Saturday morning's strike. It could have been a lot worse. The lightning hit Edwin Drive at about 0045 BST as many parts of Wales experienced thunder and lightning and some had flash flooding.
The blast, heard throughout the neighbourhood, sent debris all over the bedroom, covered in Liverpool Football Club posters and other memorabilia. The strike at their dormer bungalow home knocked out their television, video and Sky box, and those in other homes in the street.
Ms Mulreay, who also has a one-year-old baby son Deryn, said she was nodding off when she heard a noise like a massive explosion. Initially, she could not make out what it was, and neighbours went out into the street. It turned out that lightning had hit the gable end of her house and exploded breeze blocks in the wall, leaving a hole high up the wall of Elis' bedroom.
But they found him safe and well, and blissfully unaware of the drama going on around him. "He didn't even wake up," said his mother. The electrical wiring was intact, but all bulbs and electrical equipment were blown.Elis's father Iestyn Roberts, a senior team leader at a local food factory, said he was fast asleep when he was woken by a huge bang.
We both sat up, he said. I said 'what the hell was that?' It was all dark. He found the hole in the wall between the upper stairs and Elis' bedroom. The main thing is that everyone was OK, he said. The firemen were brilliant. They checked everything before leaving and even fitted a couple of modern smoke alarms because they said ours, which had been here since before we bought the house, were old.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the strike had not started a fire, but they had ensured that everything in the property was safe.
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Net als in Nederland is het ook in Groot-BritanniÃ« warm en zomers weer. Bij ons is het weer rustig, maar in grote delen van het Verenigd Koninkrijk wordt het warme weer afgestraft door zware zomerse onweersbuien.
De hoge, zomerse, temperaturen veroorzaakten zware onweersbuien met overstromingen, veel bliksem en hagelstenen met de grootte van golfballen in het zuidwesten van Engeland, Wales en delen van Schotland.
In het zuiden van Wales viel op sommige plaatsen 25 millimeter neerslag in korte tijd. In het grensplaatsje Chepstow kwamen hagelstenen met een diameter van 2 centimeter naar beneden. De zware buien ontwikkelden zich afgelopen vrijdagnacht en zaterdagochtend. De oorzaak was een trog die vanuit het zuidwesten over de Britse eilanden trok.
De komende dagen blijft het in Engeland nog net zo warm als bij ons. De oosten wind zal aantrekken en in de loop van dinsdag zullen de temperaturen in Engeland een paar graden dalen. Bij ons blijft deze weersverandering nog een paar dagen uit.