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2 killed by summer storms lightning

Published 06/07/2015

People bask on a packed Bournemouth Beach, Dorset
People bask on a packed Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Two people died after they were hit by lightning while out walking as summer thunderstorms battered Britain.

Another two people were taken to hospital following the electrical storms which hit the Brecon Beacons at the weekend.

The country has basked in some of the hottest July temperatures for a decade in recent days and Britons have been taking advantage of the welcome sunshine.

However, the warm weather has also brought severe and dangerous conditions.

The two people died in two separate lightning strikes on the Brecon Beacons over the weekend, according to a statement from the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Another person who suffered burns has been transferred to Morriston Hospital while the other casualty continues to receive treatment at Prince Charles Hospital.

The stunning summer sun is due to return to the UK later this week but until then the weather is likely to be a tale of two halves - of the country at least.

The temperature dial has been turned down for a few more days yet as forecasters predicted that the warm, dry weather will continue in the South and South East, broken up by some patchy showers .

Heavy rain and storms are likely in much of the North and West of England, Wales and Scotland until around Wednesday when the outlook brightens again, according to MeteoGroup forecaster John Griffiths.

He said: "If you drew a line between Lincolnshire and Bristol then everything below that line is going to be nice and dry and over that line it will get wetter and wetter the further north you go."

The mercury this week is unlikely to hit the dizzying highs of last week's record-breaking temperatures of 36.7C (98.1F), recorded at Heathrow, while many other areas broke the 30C (86F) mark.

But forecasters have said it will remain warm despite the wet weather, with temperatures of 22C (71.6F) in the South East and London and 20C (68F) in Scotland today.

A large band of rain is to sweep north-west across the country before being replaced by warmer weather by Thursday and Friday, with highs of 26C (78.8F) in London and bright spells everywhere else.

Mr Griffiths added: "There is quite a big split over the country. In the South East and south coast there will be some patchy rain but some good sunny spells and it will be mainly dry.

"There is a big band of showery rain pushing north-west from Ireland during the day today and covering northern parts of Cornwall and Wales. It should reach Scotland by the afternoon."

Lightning could strike parts of Scotland again tomorrow, he added, following the widespread thunderstorms over the weekend.

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