Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued for much of England, Wales, parts of Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland, with the potential for lightning, heavy rainfall and hail.
It comes after temperatures above 34C were recorded for the sixth day in a row in parts of southern England, for the first time since at least 1961. Yesterday afternoon we heard the thunder in the distance and the temperature did drop a couple of degrees early evening. This morning I had planned to get down to the allotment by 6:30 and back again by 8:00 taking many buckets of apples to the Plot 1 Allotment Dalek for composting.
I had just taken the buckets from the back garden to the front as the rain came, and I ended up stacking the buckets along under the ark (window box) to try and keep them dry. So for the moment the drop off will not happen as I'm expecting a parcel today at anytime between 8am and 6pm. The photo above was taken midday, the rain lasted about and hour and then the sun just dried everything up and it was as if nothing had happened apart from a great reduction in the temperature compared with the last six days.