LIGHTNING and floods are expected to batter Britain in the days ahead as heavy rain sweeps the country.
The dismal conditions have prompted two days worth of thunderstorm warnings to be issued across the most of the country's west.
Areas including the south-east, east and south-west parts of England, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and most of Northern Ireland, already felt the brunt of wintry weather after thunderstorms arrived on Sunday night.
Over a 12 hour period on Sunday, more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the UK.
More rain is expected later today in southern and central parts which may get heavy and thundery in places, the Met Office says.
Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move north, allowing the south to dry up. The far north can expect above average wind.
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A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place from 2pm today until 2am tomorrow.
The weather alert means the conditions are likely to cause disruption in some places during Monday afternoon and late into the night.
The storms could bring flooding to homes and businesses as well as power cuts, travel disruption and damage to buildings, the forecaster warns.
On Tuesday, rain, showers and thunderstorms will continue affect many parts, except the south who will remain dry from as the cold snap moves up the country.
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The rest of the week will continue to be unsettled, while many parts of the country could expect hail and thunder, with brighter spells in between.
Thick cloud and heavy rain or showers will roll through many places across Britain,
Temperatures are expected to be around average but variable over this period, the Met Office said on their website.
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