Huge thunderstorm lights up Dorset skies

A HUGE thunderstorm lit up the Dorset skies on Saturday evening.

Buckingham Palace was not the only place to enjoy an awe-inspiring light show last night as lightning flashed across the sky for several hours.

Heavy rain also caused disruption with flooding reported on Ringwood Road at the junction with Dale Road.

Photo by Frazer Hockey

Flooding was also seen in Lower Bournemouth Gardens, Poole Bus Station and Baiter Park.

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Kristofer ThompsonPhoto by Kristofer Thompson

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Richard HarrisonPhoto by Richard Harrison

The storm came after the Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm weather warning for much of the country, including Dorset.

The warning came into effect at midnight and initially remained in place until 6pm today, but has now been lifted.

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Roy HornyakPhoto by Roy Hornyak

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘Thunderstorms and areas of rain are expected to develop over parts of England and Wales during the early hours of Sunday.

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Simon TreasurePhoto by Simon Treasure

“Torrential downpours are likely in a few places with parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and South East England most at risk. Some places could see 15-20mm in an hour, and possibly up to 50mm before the storms fade, and hail can affect a few spots.

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Paul CobbPhoto by Paul Cobb

“These thunderstorms will slowly spread across southern parts of northern England on Sunday morning before easing. Further south, drier conditions develop briefly on Sunday morning before further showers and thunderstorms develop later on. parts of southern England, Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.These can give heavy showers with a further 10-20mm possible in some places.

Echo of Bournemouth: photo by Lloyd RobertshawPhoto by Lloyd Robertshaw

The Met Office forecast today will be dry with sunny intervals between 11am and 1pm with the possibility of showers around 4pm and 5pm.

Bournemouth Echo: photo of Emily Harris, 11Photo of Emily Harris, 11

The evening will be dry and bright.

Saturday night’s dramatic weather came just weeks after a thunderstorm saw nearly 4,000 recorded lightning strikes across Dorset in just a few hours.

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